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BRETHREN EVANGELIST INDEJ 
VOLUME 114 - 1992 

AUTHORS 



Andrews, Mesu 

Changing of the Leaves, The. 114:10, November 1992, p. 



Arn, Charles 

New Senior: Redefining Senior Adults, The. 114:2, 
FebrLjary 1992, p. 6-7,9. 

Arn, Win 

New Senior: Redefining Senior Adults, The. 114:2, 
February 1992, p. 6-7,9. 

Baer, Allen 

Re-entry. 114:3, March 1992, p. 14. 

Baker, Mark E. 

Unfinished Journey to Russia, An. 114:9, October 1992, 
p. 4-5. 

Baurnan , Ar 1 ene I . 

Changing Attitudes and Lives Through the House of New 
Beginnings. 114:9, October 1992, p. 6-7. 

Bennett, Keith 

Wn€:r& There Is Help There Is Hope! 114:11, E-ecernber 
1992, p. 6-7,9. 

Black, Glenn 

Sunday School: a Field for E>iscipling. 114:8, September 
1992, p. 6. 

Black, James R. 

Call to Missionary Evangelism, A. 114:3, March 1992, p. 
11. 



Bryant, David 

Has Sod Begun to Answer? 114:11, December 1992, p. 10- 
11. 

Most Hopeful Sign of Our Times, The. 114:9, October 
1992, p. 10-11. 

Why Today's Prayer Movement Is Unprecedented. 114:10, 
November 1992, p. 8-9. 

CoTe, Stephen S. 

Trip to Okinawa on a Journey to Wholeness, A. 114:11, 
December 1992, p. 22. 

Conrad, Tom 

You're What? 114:10, November 1992, p. 12-13. 

Crater, Tim 

Using the Powers of Earthly Citizenship for Heaven's 
Sake. 114:5, May 1992, p. 10-11. 

Cunn i ngham , Doug 

Tidal Wave Hits Beulah Beach. 114:10, November 1992, p. 
6-7. 

Drushal , Mary Ellen 

Another Kind of Call: Playing Second Fiddle. 114:6, June 
1992, p. 7-3. 

Integrity in Leadership. 114:1, January 1992, p. 11. 

Dugan, Robert P. 

Should Christians Be Politically Active? 114:3, March 
1992, p. 4-6. 

Durnbaugh, Donald F. 

Freedom to Come Together. 114:1, January 1992, p. 9-10. 

Ferrier, Florence 

Mother in Me, The. 114:5, May 1992, p. S-9. 

Finks, Frederick J. 

Integrity in Education Awakening. 114:1, January 1992, 
P. 12. 

Flora, Julia 

Florence Newberry Gribble: Brethren Missionary Physician. 
114:7, July/August 1992, p. 6-7,9. 

Two Hymns for the Easter Season. 114:4, April 1992, p. 
6-7. 

Gibson, Ralph 

Dealing With Life's Struggles. 114:10, November 1992, p. 

10. 



Gilmer, Jeff 

Year of Exciting Opportunities, A. 114:9, October 1992, 
p. 14-15. 

Sleason, Michael F. 

Who's That Walking on Campus? 114:9, October 1992, p. 
12-13. 

Gordon, Russell C. 

Important of Church Planting, The. 114:10, November 
1992, p. 13-14. 

Hall, Eddy 

r>o the Poor Feel Welcome in Your Church? 114:11, 
December 1992, p. S-9. 

Hallsted, Bill D. 

Living the Lord's Prayer. 114:7, July /August 1992, p. 3- 
9. 

Reaching Out With the Touch of Love. 114:4, April 1992, 
p. 2. 

Henry, Carl F. H. 

Christ's Resurrection Proclaims, There Is Life After 
Death! 114:4, April 1992, p. 4-5. 

Lawson , Dan 

Workers for the Harvest. 114:1, January 1992, p. 7-8. 

Littleton, Mark R. 

Temptation. 114:2, February 1992, p. 4-5, 

Long, Dale J. 

Call for Christian Involvement in the Political Process, 
A. 114:6, June 1992, p. 2. 

McCann, Marl in 

Put on the Whole Armor. 114:2, February 1992, p. 2. 
Take a Stand. 114:3, September 1992, p. 7-10. 

Maust, John 

Beyond the Secular. 114:9, October 1992, p. 2. 
Every-Day Christians. 114:1, January 1992, p. 2. 
Leaving Our Comfort Zone. 114:7, July/August 1992, p. 2. 
Lights in a Dark Conquest. 114:11, December 1992, p. 2. 
Lost Boys (and Girls), The. 114:5, May 1992, p. 2. 
Missionary Call, The. 114:1, March 1992, p. 2. 

Miller, Frederic G. 

One Who Answered the Call. 114:6, June 1992, p. 5-6. 

Miller, James P. 



4 

Church as Small Groups, The. 114:5, May 1992, p. 4-5. 

Miranda, Juan Carlos 

What a Difference Fifty Years Can Make! 114:3, March 
1992, p. 12. 

Ray, Mark 

Hurrican Andrew Issues a Call to Service to the First 
Brethren Church of Sarasota. 114:9, October 1992, p. 8-9. 

Sault:z, Randy 

Strengthenig the Tie That Binds. 114:2, February 1992, 
p. S-9. 

Schoenhals, Q. Roger 

Walk the Path of Praise. 114:3, March 1992, p. 3-9. 

Stogsdill, Roger 

Our Dad, Our Pastor- 114:7, July/August 1992, p. 4-5. 

Stone, Sam E. 

How to Treat a Visitor. 114:2, February 1992, p. 10. 

Sullivan, Kenneth L. 

Is Your Life Missing Something? 114:7, July /August 1992, 
p. 5. 

Necessity of worship. The. 114:6, June 1992, p. 3. 

Reach Out and Touch Someone! 114:8, September 1992, p. 

Rest and Fatigue. 114:9, October 1992, p. 11. 
Why You Should Attend Public Worship. 114:5, May 1992, 
p. 9. 

Swanson, Gary B. 

How to Hang Up Your Habits. 114:1, January 1992, p. 4- 
5. 

Thomas, Jennifer 

Great Start to a Great Year. 114:9, October 1992, p. 15. 

Walk, William D. 

Honoring Our Older Pastors. 114:3, March 1992, p. 10. 

Waters, Ronald W. 

Not Just Another Prayer Meeting. 114:6, June 1992, p. 
9, 11. 

What Are Brethren Church Ministeries? 114:11, December 
1992, p. 12. 

Weidenhamer, Bradley E. 

Growing a Library. 114:1, January 1992, p. 14. 



Willoughby, Wnlliam G. 

Church of the Brethren, The. 114:7, July/Au-gust 1992, p. 
10-12. 

Dunkard Brethren, The. 114:5, May 1992, p. 6-7. 

Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, The. 114:6, June 
1992, P. 10-11. 

Old German Baptist Brethren, The. 114:4, April 1992, p. 
8-9. 

Winfield, Richard C. 

Feeding on the Word. 114:3, March 1992, p. 7,9. 

Florence Newberry Gribble: Brethren Missionary Physician. 
114:7, July/August 1992, p. 6-7,9. 

Gathering of Separated Brethren, A. 114:S, September 
1992, p. 4-5. 

Habit Worth Having, A. 114:1, January 1992, p. 6-7. 

Putting Some Thanks in Thanksgiving. 114:10, November 
1992, p. 4-5. 

Tidal Wave Hits Beulah Beach. 114:10, November 1992, p. 
6-7. 
Winter, William P. 

Property Purchased in Paraguay. 114:3, March 1992, p. 
13-14. 

Zodhiates, Spiros 

World Without Christmas, A. 114:11, December 1992, p. 4- 
5. 



SUBJECTS 



ASHLAND THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY 

Ashland Theological Seminary: Students. 114:1, January 
1992, p. 13. 

Dale R. Stoffer Named to Faculty. 114:9, October 1992, 
p. 17. 

George Solomon Memorial Library Dedicated January 11 at 
Ashland Theological Seminary. 114:2, February 1992, p. 15. 

Growing a Library. Bradley E. Weidenhamer. 114:1, 
January 1992, p. 14. 

Integrity in Education Awakening. Frederick J. Finks. 
114:1, January 1992, p. 12. 

Integrity in Leadershipo. Mary Ellen Drushal . 114:1, 
January 1992, p. 11. 

Record Number of Degrees at ATS Graduation Ceremony. 
114:7, July/August 1992, p. 22. 

ASHLAND UNIVERSITY 

Ashland Univeristy Awards Honorary Degree to Brethren 



Missionary K. Prasanth Kurnar. 114:6, June 1V92, p. 19. 

Ashland University Trustees Appoint Interim President. 
114:6, June 1992, p. 18. 

Drushal Humanitarian Award Presented to AU Religion 
Professor Ijonald Rinehart. 114:11, December 1992, p. 18. 

Great Start to a Great Year. Jennifer Thomas. 114:9, 
October 1992, p. 15. 

Joseph Shultz Announces Retirement as President of 
Ashland University. 114:6, June 1992, p. 13. 

Thirteen Brethren Receive Ashland University Degrees. 
114:6, June 1992, p. 19. 

Trip to Mexico Is Eye-Opening Experience for 11 Members 
of AU's HOPE Fellowship. 114:7, July/August 1992, p. 19. 

Who's That- Walking on Campus? Michael Gleason. 114:9, 
October 1992, p. 12-13. 

Year of Exciting Opportunities, A. Jeff Gilmer. 114:9, 
October 1992, p. 14-15. 

BRETHREN CARE -'ASHLAND, OHIO 

Brethren Care Burns Mortgage; Breaks Ground for New 
Facility. 114:8, September 1992, p. 26. 

BRETHREN CHURCH - CHURCH RELATIONS COMMISSION 

Church Relations: Outward and Inward Focus. 114:2, 
February 1992, p. 13-14. 

BRETHREN CHURCH - DISTRICTS - FLORIDA 

Brethren Meet for Business, Inspiration. 114:3, March 
1992, p. 16. 

BRETHREN CHURCH - DISTRICTS - INDIANA 

Indiana District Conference Adopts Goal of Raising Money 
for New District Camp. 114:7, July /August 1992, p. 17. 

BRETHREN CHURCH - DISTRICTS - OHIO 

Ohio District Conference Held March 14. 114:4, April 
1992, p. 16. 

BRETHREN CHURCH - DISTRICT - SOUTHEAST 

"Go and Grow for the Goal ! " Is Theme of Southeastern 
District conference. 114:9, October 1992, p. 19. 

BRETHREN CHURCH - DISTRICTS - SOUTHWEST 

Equipped and Ready Is Theme of Southwest District 
Conference. 114:6, June 1992, p. 20. 

BRETHREN CHURCH - GENERAL CONFERENCE 

General Conference Preview. 114:6, June 1992, p. 12-14. 

General Conference Report. 114:8, September 1992, p. 11- 
13. 

104th General Conference, The. 114:7, July/August 1992, 
p. 13-16. 



7 

Take a Stand. Marl in McCann. 114:8, September 1992, p. 
7-10. » 

BRETHREN CHURCH - PASTORS 

Honoring Our Older Pastors. William D. Walk. 114:3, 
March 1992, p. 10. 

BRETHREN CHURCH - SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES COMMISSION 

Being Socially Responsible Is Outreach Too! 114:2, 
February 1992, p. 14. 

BRETHREN CHURCH MINISTRIES 

Ministries of The Brethren Church National Office. 
114:11, December 1992, p. 13. 

What Are Brethren Church Ministries? Ronald UJ. Waters. 
114:11, December 1992, p. 12. 

BRETHREN PASTORS' CONFERENCE 

Pastors Foeus on Comrnuni cation at Brethren Pastors' 
Conference. 114:3, March 1992, p. 15-16. 

BRETHREN WORLD ASSEMBLY 

Freedom to Come Together. Donald F. Durnbaugh. 114:1, 
January 1992, p. 9-10. 

Gathering of Separated Brethre, A. Richard Winfield. 
114:3, September 1992, p. 4-5. 

Two-Part Program Is Planned for Brethren World Assembly. 
114:6, June 1992, p. 20. 

BRETHREN YOUTH CRUSADERS 

Great Expectations for the Summer of 1992. 114:5, May 
1992, p. 14-15. 

Ministry Opportunities for Brethren Young People. 114:5, 
May 1992, p. 12. 

1992 Crusaders and Interns, The. 114:5, May 1992, p. 13. 

BRETHREN YOUTH IN CHRIST 

BYIC — Youth With a Vision. 114:11, E^ecember 1992, p. 15. 

BROWN, GEORGE 

Rev. George Brown. 114:3, March 1992, p. 19. 

CHRISTIAN LIFE 

Dealing With Life's Struggles. Ralph Gibson. 114:10, 
November 1992, p. 10. 

Temptation. Mark R. Littleton. 114:2, February 1992, p. 
4-5. 

Walk the Path of Praise. G. Roger Schoenhals. 114:3, 
March 1992, p. 3-9. 

CHRISTIANITY AND POLITICS 

Should Christians Be Politically Actibve? Robert P. 



CHURCH, THE 






Do the Poor 


Feel 


Welcome 


114:11, December- 


1992, 


p. 3-9. 



Dugan. 114:3, March 1992, p. 4-6. 

Using the Powers of Our Earthly Ci t-izienship for Heaven ' ? 
Sake. Tim Crater. 114:5, May 1992, p. 10-11. 

CHRISTMAS 

World Without Christmas, A. Spiros Zodhiates. 114:11, 
December 1992, p. 4-5. 

CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN 

Church of the Brethren, The. William G. Willoughby. 
114:7, July/August 1992, p. 10-12. 



in Your Church? Eddy Hall 



CONSRESATIONS - CENTRAL DISTRICT 

Lanark, IL. 114:2, February 1992, p. IS. 
Lanark, IL.' 114:9, October 1992, p. IS, 20. 
Waterloo, lA. 114:11, December 1992, p. 20. 

CONGREGATIONS - FLORIDA DISTRICT 

Bloomingdale. 114:5, May 1992, p. 16,18. 
Bradenton. 114:1, January 1992, p. 15. 
Sarasota. 114:4, April 1992, p. 15. 
Sarasota. 114:S, September 1992, p. 24. 
Sarasota. 114:9, October 1992, p. S-9. 

CONGREGATIONS - INDIANA DISTRICT 

Ardmore, South Bend. 114:10, November 1992, p. IS. 

Ardmore, South Bend. 114:11, December 1992, p. 16. 

Bryan, OH. 114:2, February 1992, p. IS. 

College Corner. 114:7, July/August 1992, p. 22. 

College Corn&r . 114:10, November 1992, p. 15. 

Corinth, Twelve Mile. 114:6, June 1992, p. 15. 

Corinth, Twelve Mile. 114:7, July/August 1992, p. 2S 

Elkhart. 114:8, September 1992, p. 23. 

Flora. 114:9, October 1992, p. 17. 

Goshen. 114:4, April 1992, p. 16. 

Mil ford. 114:3, March 1992, p. 13. 

Nappanee. 114:9, October 1992, p. 19. 

New Paris. 114;4, April 1992, p. 18. 

Oak vi lie. 114:9, October 1992, p. 18. 

Oakville. 114:10, November 1992, p. 18. 

Roann. 114: 6, June 1992, p. 16. 

Warsaw. 114:10, November 1992, p. 15. 

CONGREGATIONS - MIDWEST DISTRICT 

Cheyenne, WY. 114:6, June 1992, p. 17. 

CONGREGATIONS - NORTHERN CALIFORNIA DISTRICT 
Stockton. 114:10, November 1992, p. 16. 



CONGREGATIONS - OHIO DISTRICT 

Garber, Ashland. 114:4, April 1992, p. 15. 
Gretna. 114:3, March 1992, p. 18. 
Gretna. 114; 6, June 1992, p. 17. 

Louisville Bible. 114:11, December 1992, p. 19. 
New Lebanon. 114:2, February 1992, p. 16. 
North Georgetown. 114:5, May 1992, p. 16. 
Northview, Springboro. 114:6., June 1992, p. 16. 
Northview, Springboro. 114:10, November 1992, p. 14. 
Park St., Ashland. 114:9, October 1992, p. 20. 
Pleasant Hill. 114:8, September 1992, p. 26. 
West Alexandria. 114:8, September 1992, p. 24. 
Williamstown. 114:3, September 1992, p. 26. 

CONGREGATIONS - OHIO DISTRICT - HISTORY 

North Georgetown. 114:9, October 1992, p. 16. 

CONGREGATIONS --PENNSYLVANIA DISTRICT 

Berlin. 114:2, February 1992, p. 16. 
Berlin. 114:6, June 1992, p. 20. 
Johnstown III. 114:3, September 1992, p. 24. 
Raystown. 114; 7, July /August 1992, p. 13. 
Raystown. 114:11, December 1992, p. 17. 
Valley. 114:1, January 1992, p. 15,16. 
Valley. 114:5, May 1992, p. 18. 

CONGREGATIONS - SOUTHEAST DISTRICT 

Bethlehem, Harrisonburg, VA. 114:2, February 1992, p. 
16. 

Mathias, WV. 114:2, February 1992, p. 15. 

Saint James, MD. 114:9, October 1992, p. 20. 

DUNKARD BRETHREN 

Dunkard Brethren, The. William G. Wiloughby. 114:5, May 
1992, p. 6-7. 

FELLOWSHIP OF GRACE BRETHREN CHURCHES 

Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, The. 114:6, June 
1992, p. 10-11. 

6RIBBLE, FLORENCE NEWBERRY 

Florence Newberry Gribble: Brethren Missionary Physician. 
Julia Flora and Richard Winfield. 114:7, July/August 1992, 
p. 6-7,9. 

GULI, JOHN 

In Memory. 114:10, November 1992, p. 19. 

HABITS 

Habit Worth Having, A. Richard C. Winfield. 114:1, 
January 1992, p. 6-7. 



10 

How to Hang Up Your Habits. Swanson, Gary B. 114:1, 
January 1992, p. 4-5. 

HYMNS 

Two Hymns for the Easter Season. Julna Flora. 114:4, 
April 1992, p. 6-7. 

JESUS CHRIST - RESURRECTION 

Christ's Resurrection Proclaims, There Is Life After 
Death! Carl F. H. Henry. 114:4, April 1992, p. 4-5. 

LOWERY, MARGARET 

Margaret Lowery. 114:10, November 1992, p. 19. 

MEDSGER, PHIL 

Phil Medsger Ordained to Brethren Eldership. 114:6, June 
1992, p. 16. 

MINISTERIAL RECRUITMENT 

Another Kind of Call: Playing Second Fiddle. Mary Ellen 
Drushal. 114:6, June 1992, p. 7-S. 

Call of God, The. 114:6, June 1992, p. 4-5. 

One who Answered the Call. Frederic Miller. 114:6, June 
1992, p. 5-6. 

MISSIONS 

Call to Missionary Evangelism, A. James R. Black. 114:3, 
March 1992, p. 11. 

Missionary Candidates Commissioned. 114:8 September 
1992, p. 2. 

What a Difference Fifty Years Can Make! Juan Carlos 
Miranda. 114:3, March 1992, p. 12. 

MISSIONS - AFRICA 

Florence Newberry Gribble: Bret-hen Misionary Physician. 
Julia Flora and Richard Winfield. 114:7, July/August 1992, 
p. 6-7,9. 

MISSIONS - ARGENTINA 

Re-entry. Allen Baer. 114:3, March 1992, p. 14. 

MISSIONS - HOME 

Importance of Church Planting. Russell C. Gordon, 
114:10, November 1992, p. 13-14. 

Reaching the Unchurched Through Brethren Home Missions. 
114:10, November 1992, p. 11. 

Tidal Wave Hits Beulah Beach. Doug Cunningham and Richard 
Winfield. 114:10, November 1992, p. 6-7. 

You're What? Tom and Tiona Conrad. 114:10, November 
1992, p. 12-13. 

MISSIONS - PARAGUAY 



11 

Property Purchased in Paraguay. William Winter. 114:3, 
March 1992, p. 13-14. 

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BRETHREN CHURCH ELDERS 

Pastors' Health Insurance Plan Dropped Because of Low 
Level of Participation. 114:6, June 1992, p. 22. 

OBITUARIES 

Brown, George. 114:3, March 1992, p. 19. 
Garber, Helen Gassett. 114:3, March 1992, p. 19. 
Gu 1 i , John . 114:10, No vernbe r 1 992 , p . 19. 
Lowery, Margaret. 114:10, November 1992, p. 19. 
Stogsdill, Clarence A. 114:6, June 1992, p. 23. 
Thomas, William E. 114:S, September 1992, p. 27. 

OLD GERMAN BAPTIST BRETHREN 

Old German Baptist Brethren, The. William G. Willoughby. 
114:4, April 1992, p. S-9. 

ORDINATIONS 

Medsger, Phil. 114:6, June 1992, p. 16. 

PASSING ON THE PROMISE 

Brethren Church Signs Agreement to Use Passing on the 
Promise Evangelism Program, The. 114:1, January 1992, p. 16. 

ELA Reflections. 114:8, September 1992, p. 22. 

Passing on the Promise. 114:2, February 1992, p. 11-12. 

Passing on the Promise Update. 114:11, December 1992, p. 
14. 

Questions Congregations Are Asking. 114:8, September 
1992, p. 19-21. 

PRAYER 

Has God Begun to Answer? David Bryant. 114:11, December 
1992, p. 10-11. 

Most Hopeful Sign of Our Times, The. David Bryant. 
114:9, October 1992, p. 10-11. 

Why Today's Prayer Movement Is Unprecedented. David 
Bryant. 114:10, November 1992, p. 8-9. 

RUSSIA 

Unfinished Journey to Russia, An. Mark Baker. 114:9, 
October 1992, p. 4-5. 

SENIOR ADULTS 

New Senior: Redefining Senior Adults, The. Win and 
Charles Arn. 114:2, February 1992, p. 6-7,9. 

SHARE-GROUP MINISTRY 

Strengthening the Tie That Binds. Randy Saults. 114:2, 
February 1992, p. 3-9. 



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SHULTZ, JOSEPH R. 

Joseph Shultz: Announces Retirement as President of 
Ashland University. 114:6, June 1992, p. IS. 

SPIRITUAL GIFTS 

Workers for the Harvest. Dan Lawson. 114:1, January 
1992, p. 7-S. 

STOaSDILL, CLARENCE A. 

In Memory. 114:6, June 1992, p. 23. 

Our EJad, Our Pastor. Roger Stogsdi 11 S< Gwen Stogsdi 1 1 
McKinney. 114:7, July/August 1992, p. 4-5. 

SUNDAY SCHOOL 

Sunday Schoo 1 : a Field f o r D i sc i p 1 i ng . G 1 >^nn Black. 
114:3, September 1992, p. 6. 

Vote Sunday School. 114:9, October 1992, p. 23. 

THANKSGIVING 

Putting Some Thanks in Thanksgiving. Richard Winfield. 
114:10, November 1992, p. 4-5. 

THOMAS, WILLIAM E. 

In Memory. 114:8, September 1992, p. 27. 

WORLD RELIEF 

For the Record. 114:4, April 1992, p. 14. 

World at Our Doorstep, The. 114:4, April 1992, p. 113-11. 

World Relief at Work Around the World. 114:4, April 
1992, p. 12-14. 

WORSHIP 

Is Your Life Missing Something? Kenneth Sullivan. 114:7, 
July /August 1992, p. 5. 

Necessity of Worship, The. Kenneth Sullivan. 114:6, June 
1992, p. 8. 

Reach Out and Touch Someone! Kenneth Sullivan. 114:8, 
September 1992, p. 2. 

Rest and Fatigue. Kenneth Sullivan. 114:9, October 1992, 
p. 11. 

Why You Should Attend Public Worship. Kenneth Sullivan. 
114:5, May 1992, p. 9. 



Developing a Global Vision 




Every-Day Christians 



A SOUTH AMERICAN friend 
recently told me how his 
brother had barely escaped death. 
One night my friend George had 
asked his brother if he would give 
him a ride across town the follow- 
ing morning. 

At first the brother, who directed 
a major agricultural project, 
hesitated — knowing that it would 
make him late for work. But after 
thinking it over, he agreed. 

Early the next morning, the 
brother gave George the ride. 
Then, since he was already late for 
work, he decided to take the day 
off, since he had been needing one 
anyway. 

Later that same day, George 
heard a startling news report. 
That morning at seven o'clock, 
armed terrorists had gone to the 
agp-icultural center looking for his 
brother. They waited 30 minutes, 
then when the brother didn't show 
up, they summarily executed three 
technicians and sped away. 

Recalling the event weeks later, 
George felt awash in emotion. 
"God somehow used me to help 
save my brother's life," he said. 

The real difference 

"But I know what really made the 
difference," he continued. "Every 
day for the past 30 years, my 
parents have been getting up at 5 
a.m. to pray for us kids. I'm sure 
they were praying that morning." 

George's story sounded like one 
of those dramatic testimonies in 
Guideposts magazine. But what 
particularly struck me was his 



phrase "every day." Every day for 
years his parents had been pray- 
ing for their children. 

What things do you and I do 
every day? We probably eat — a 
custom people in poor countries 
can't always count on. And we 
sleep, brush our teeth, maybe 
watch TV and read the sports 
pages, among other things. 

But what about our Christian 
life and relationship with God? 
How consistent are we there? 

Daily is dynamite 

I've been impressed lately by 
how often Scripture sprinkles in 
that dynamite word "daily," or 
words to the same effect. 

The word is used especially to 
describe God, the absolute picture 
of consistency. God never tires 
(Isaiah 40:28). He never loafs or 
takes a day off. And he doesn't 
even sleep (Psalm 121:4). More im- 
portant, our every-day God "daily 
bears our burdens" (Psalm 68:19), 
and His compassions are new "every 
morning" (Lamentations 3:23). 

We certainly aren't God. But for- 
tunately, He gives us strength to 
be consistent in our Christian life, 
because "inwardly we are being 
renewed day by day" (2 Cor. 4:16). 

To be effective Christians, it only 
makes sense that we will cultivate 
our relationship with God every 
day and serve Him and our neigh- 
bor on a daily basis. 

Good basketball players need to 
shoot hoops every day — even in 
the off-season. If we want to be- 
come fluent in a foreign language, 



any serious teacher will stress, 
"Speak it every day." 

A college writing professor once 
told me, "If you want to become 
good, write something every day; it 
doesn't matter if it's an article, a 
letter, or something in your diary. 
Just write." 

"To be effective Christians, 
it only makes sense that 
we will cultivate our rela- 
tionship with God every 
day and serve Him and our 
neighbor on a daily basis. " 

Even the dentist gets on our 
case: "You'd better use dental floss 
every day or your gums will be a 
disaster." 

So as practicing Christians, why 
do we often neglect daily prayer 
and meditation? Daily study of 
God's word? Regular fellowship 
with other Christians and out- 
reach to nonbelievers? 

Years ago in Peru, an enterpris- 
ing missionary started the "One- 
Per-Day League." Members had to 
promise to distribute at least one 
tract every day. 

I know we can get legalistic 
about this. We shouldn't drown in 
depression if we miss devotions 
one day, for instance. But the goal 
is consistency. 

As a new missionary in Latin 
America, I felt like a doused candle 
compared to more fiery Latin 
brothers and sisters. They seemed 
so bouncy. But after awhile, I 
noticed that some of my more ver- 
bally exuberant friends would 
have a few days of incredible 
spiritual highs, followed by long 
periods in spiritual wastelands. 

Humdrum Christian heroes 

Through this, I began to see that 
sporadic emotions aren't every- 
thing. There's also value in being a 
Christian "plodder." Christian 
plodders might not be gushy, but 
they are sound, steady, depend- 
able, there every day when you 
need them. Call them humdrum 
Christian heroes, who, like my 
friend's parents, rise daily at 5 
a.m. to pray for their children. 

How can we be more consistent 
in 1992? Where's that list of New 
Year's Resolutions? [f] 

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January 1992 
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Features 

How to Hang Up Your Habits by Gary B. Swanson 
Suggestions for making — and keeping — New Year's resolutions. 

A Habit Worth Having by Richard C. Winfield 

Reasons to start a daily time of prayer and steps to take for doing so. 

Workers for the Harvest — Part III: NETWORKING 

by Dan Lawson 

Final article in a series evaluating selected spiritual gifts implementa- 
tion programs. 

Tithing by Joan Adele Arroyo 

A personal testimony to God's blessing upon faithful stewardship. 

Freedom to Come Together by Donald F. Durnbaugh 
Background and explanation of the Brethren World Assembly, which 
will be held July 15-18, 1992. 



Ministry Pages 



Ashland Theological Seminary 



Integrity in Leadership by Mary Ellen Drushal 11 

Integrity in Education: Awakening by Frederick J. Finks 12 

Testimonies by Sherry Van Duyne, Jim Garrett, Tim Eagle, and 13 
Jackie Rhoades 

Growing a Library by Bradley Weidenhamer 14 



Departments 

Developing a Global Vision 2 

by John Maust 

Cartoon 8 



Update 15 

Children's Page 17 

From the Grape Vine 18 



Also in this issue: The January-February issue of the Woman's Outlook 
Newsletter is in the center of the magazine. 

Answers to Little Crusader Page: 

See the box at the right. 

New^ children's page contributor: 

As noted in last month's issue of the EVAN- 
GELIST, we will have a new children's page 
contributor in 1992. She is Jackie Rhoades, a 
member of the Ashland Park Street Brethren 
Church. Mrs. Rhoades is a 1991 graduate of 
Ashland University and is now attending 
Ashland Theological Seminary. She is the 
mother of two young children, Corrie and 
David. Here picture is on page 13. 

Mrs. Rhoade's first Little Crusader page 
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How to Hang Up Your Habits 

As you are m.£iking — and perhaps breaking — your New Year's 
resolutions, here are some suggestions to get you on track. 



By Gary B. Swanson 




JOHN FORESTER'S heart must 
have just about stopped when 
he went to his bam one weekend 
morning and discovered that a 
1,200-pound pregnant moose had 
decided to take up residence there. 
Because his property is near 
Grand Teton National Park in 
northwestern Wyoming, Forester 
was used to seeing an occasional 
moose. But never this close! And it 
looked as if this moose had come to 
stay. Plenty of water and hay under 
a covered roof — for what more 
could she ask? 

Mean Mildred 

So when Forester tried to get 
into the bam to feed his horses, 

Mr. Swanson is a five-lance Christian 
writer who lives in Silver Spring, Md. 



Mean Mildred, as he neimed her, 
charged at him and drove him off. 
He returned with a rifle and fired 
a couple of rounds in the air, but 
"she turned right around and 
turned her ears flat and came 
right at me," he said. He dived into 
the safety of some nearby bushes. 

A real problem 

By Monday morning. Forester had 
to escort his kids to their school 
bus with a rifle in his hand. So he 
called the g£ime and fish agency, 
who sent officer Tom Tillman to 
see what he could do to get Mean 
Mildred out of the bam. After all, 
the horses were getting hungry. 

Officer Tillman tried a gun that 
shoots whistling firecrackers. 
Mildred wasn't impressed. "I 
chased her around for a while," 



Tillman said laughingly, "and then 
she chased me around for a while. 
She was pretty aggressive." 

Tuesday morning Tillman de- 
cided to take more drastic meas- 
ures. He returned with a tran- 
quilizing gun, but the moose non- 
chadantly shook off the darts. Then, 
as the two men discussed further 
tactics. Mean Mildred leaped up, 
bolted over the fence, and ran 
away. 

The tenacity of bad habits 

Sometimes a bad habit takes 
over our lives the way Mean 
Mildred adopted John Forester's 
bam. And no matter what we try 
to do to remove the habit, nothing 
seems to work. It just hangs on 
tenaciously, and we feel powerless 
to overcome it. 

Actually, of course, a habit 
should come as no sxirprise to us. 
It is, after all, a pattern of be- 
havior that we ourselves have 
programmed into the computers 
we call our brains. 

Explaining how you form a habit 
in your brain can get overly in- 
volved in a lot of scientific words 
like "dendrite" and "axons" and 
"cjrtoplasm." Basically, however, 
your brain processes messages and 
sends them on to different parts of 
the body through nerve cells. Any 
repeated thought or action helps to 
build up an electrochemical path- 
way through the nerve cells — the 
more repetitions, the stronger the 
pathway. And researchers have 
found that this kind of pathway 
can probably never be erased. 

Is there any hope? 

So does this mean that you can't 
do anything about a bad habit? Are 

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"Everything else you can do to break a bad habit must be based on 
a realization that your ability to do so comes from God." 



you doomed for the rest of your life 
to biting your fingernails or crack- 
ing your knuckles or overeating or 
smoking. Not at all. Here are some 
suggestions: 

• Ask God's help. The Bible says 
that you cannot expect to make 
any permanent change in your life 
without His help. Jesus said, ". . . 
apart from me you can do nothing" 
(John 15:5).* Everything else you 
can do to break a bad habit must 
be based on a realization that your 
ability to do so comes from God. "I 
can do everything through him who 
gives me strength" (Phil. 4:13). 

• Choose a good time to change. 
"There is a time for everything, 
and a season for every activity 
under heaven . . ." (Eccles. 3:1). 
The holidays are probably not the 
best time to begin a campaign 
against overeating. Anytime you 
may experience more stress than 
usual is probably a poor time to try 
to quit smoking. Stress actually 
reinforces bad habits. 

You need to make the breaking 
of a bad habit as easy for yourself 
as you possibly can. Whatever ad- 
vantage you can turn to your own 
favor is just good planning. 

Set smaller goals 

• Focus on one habit at a time. 
Don't try to overcome several at 
once. And almost any goal you may 
set for yourself is easier to ac- 
complish by breaking it up into 
smaller goals. These smaller goals 
make the whole program look 
much more manageable and much 
less intimidating. As Mark Twain 
said, "Habit is habit, and not to be 
flung out of the window by any 
man, but coaxed downstairs a step 
at a time." 

• Analyze your habit. Make a 
list of the times and places that 
you most often exhibit the behav- 

' Quotations from the Bible are from 
the New International Version. 

January 1992 



ior you want to change. If you're 
trying to do something about 
snacking between meals, you may 
find that you often gravitate sub- 
consciously toward the kitchen — 
or a snack machine at school or at 
work — at certain times of the day. 
Knowing this, you can consciously 
airrange to be somewhere else dur- 
ing those times. 

One of the biblical principles of 
overcoming temptation is to avoid 
it if possible. Eve had no business 
going anywhere near the tree of 
knowledge of good and evil. 

Overcome bad with good 

• Replace the bad habit with a 
good one. Don't forget that there 
are good habits as well as bad 
ones. Theologian Nathaniel Em- 
mons said, "Habit is either the best 
of servants, or the worst of 
masters." You use good habits to 
complete many of your routine 
tasks throughout the day. Aren't 
you glad you don't have to think 
your way through the process of 
tying your shoes every morning? or 
brushing your teeth? or making 
your bed? You can likewise develop 
good habits to help you handle 
much more important tasks. 

Although your bad habit has 
formed a permanent pathway in 
your brain, you can program your 
brain to form a bigger permanent 
pathway through the constant 
repetition of a good behavior. 
Schedule a program of exercise at 
the time when you find you are 
most likely to watch too much 
television. Make a conscious effort 
to replace gossip with praise of 
people you know. 

Jesus illustrated this principle in 
Matthew 12:43-45: 

When an evil spirit comes out of a 
man, it goes through arid places 
seeking rest and does not find it. 
Then it says, "I will rettim to the 
house I left." When it arrives, it 



finds the house unoccupied, swept 
clean and put in order. Then it 
goes and takes with it seven other 
spirits more wicked than itself, 
and they go in and live there. And 
the final condition of that man is 
worse than the first. 

• Think of your habit-changing 
campaign in positive terms. Focus- 
ing on all the things you are hav- 
ing to give up only casts a negative 
light on anything you try to do. If 
you are trying to lose weight, pic- 
ture yourself looking better in a 
new dress or suit rather than 
dwelling on all the chocolate cake 
you're going to miss. 

• Don't give up if you fail. 
Remember those electrochemical 
pathways in your brain make it 
very easy to go back to your old 
habit. As Peter Miller, co-author of 
Self-Watching, says, "Quitting a 
habit is easy. Starting again is 
even easier." If you give in to your 
old habit, don't be tough on your- 
self. Consider it a learning exper- 
ience and build on it. 

Never give up 

Research has shown that the 
more a person has tried to give up 
smoking, the greater are his or her 
chances of success. Don't allow 
yourself to get discouraged. If the 
disciple Peter had let his failure in 
the courtyEird at Jesus' trial defeat 
him, he would never have become 
a great leader in the early Chris- 
tian church. ". . . though a righteous 
man falls seven times, he rises 
again . . ." (Prov. 24:16). If Jesus 
can forgive you, you surely ought 
to be able to forgive yotirself. 

God has promised that whatever 
Mean Mildreds you may have in 
your life. He will help you to root 
them out. "If you believe, you will 
receive whatever you ask for in 
prayer" (Matt. 21:22). Why not ask 
Him today to help you rid yourself 
of your harmful habits? [f] 




A Habit Worth Having 



BAD HABITS can be hard to break. 
But good habits can be just as hard 
to get established. 

One such habit is the practice of daily 
prayer. If you are not used to doing so, 
spending 15 minutes or more daily in 
prayer can be a hard practice to begin. 

But it is just such a practice to which 
General Conference delegates commit- 
ted themselves, and other members of 
The Brethren Church, at the 1991 Gen- 
eral Conference. 

Moderator Jim Sluss recommended 
that "the Brethren seek to develop a 
greater attitude of dependence upon the 
Lord and interdependence upon one 
another, as well as a greater desire for 
outreach in the demonstration of the 
faith to others." 

General Conference Executive Coun- 
cil concurred with Moderator Sluss's 
recommendation, noting that it calls for 
a personal response by each believer 
and a renewed understanding and com- 
mitment to spiritual disciplines. 

The council went further and pro- 
posed four courses of action to imple- 
ment this recommendation, the first of 
which was: "A commitment to at least 
15 minutes of personal daily prayer, in- 
cluding prayer for specific jjersons who 
do not know Jesus Christ as saving 
Lord."* Conference delegates over- 
whelmingly approved this proposal. 

Each of us believers ought to sjjend a 
period of time each day in prayer. We 
ought to do so not just because General 
Conference has said, but because the 
Bible teaches us to pray; and because 

*The other three proposed courses of 
action will be discussed in articles in sub- 
sequent issues of the EVANGEUST. 

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By Richard C. Winfield, Editor 

Jesus gave us a personal example of 
prayer; and because the strength of our 
spiritual lives is dependent, in part, on 
our spending time in prayer. 

But as I've already noted, doing this 
is not easy. So how do we get started? 

First of all, it takes a decision of the 
will. We have to say, "I believe this is 
important; I believe it is something 
Jesus desires for my life; and I will do 
it. If you haven't come to that point in 
your life, the rest of this article will be 
of little use to you. 

Find the time 

Second, having a daily period of 
prayer means finding the time. This is 
really a matter of setting priorities. All 
of us, for the most part, find time to do 
the things that have to be done and the 
things that we really want to do. But 
finding time for prayer may mean giv- 
ing up some of the things we presently 
do. It might mean watching 15 minutes 
less television; or skipping the sports 
section in the newspaper; or talking less 
on the phone; or getting up 15 minutes 
earlier in the morning; etc. 

This is why the first step, the decision 
of the will, is crucial. If we make the 
decision that spending 15 minutes in 
prayer is a priority — something we will 
do — then we will find time, even if we 
have to give up some other favorite ac- 
tivity. To tell the truth, I don't think that 
most of us, if we look at our schedules 
carefully, will find it too difficult to fit 
in 15 minutes of prayer — if it is a pri- 
ority in our lives. 

The question might be asked. When is 
the best time to do it? Many Christians 
throughout the centuries have main- 
tained that it ought to be done first thing 
in the morning. I'm not persuaded that it 
has to be then (particularly if that is a 
stumbling block to doing it at all!). I 
think each of us needs to look at his or 
her own schedule and see where a time 
of prayer best fits in. 

Exercise self-discipline 

Third, having a daily time of prayer 
requires self-discipline — making our- 



selves do it every day. {See John Maust's 
article on page 2.) 

Self-discipline is something I find 
lacking in many of us Christians today. 
In this respect, I think the athletes in our 
country put us to shame. They show the 
kind of discipline and training that we 
ought to have. 

I'm not even talking about the profes- 
sional athletes who receive mega-bucks 
to get into shape. I'm talking about col- 
lege and high school athletes who spend 
hours running, lifting weights, practic- 
ing, and training — some of whom will 
be lucky if they get in a half hour of 
playing time during the whole season. 

What we could accomplish if we ap- 
plied that kind of self-discipline to liv- 
ing the Christian life! If they can spend 
hours daily in practice and physical 
training, can we not spend at least 15 
minutes in prayer? Paul wrote to 
Timothy, "For God did not give us a 
spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, 
of love and of self-discipline" (2 Tim. 
1:7, Niv). We need to exercise some of 
that self-discipline, and specifically so 
in the area of daily prayer. 

Pray for the unsaved 

The General Conference recommen- 
dation calls us to the practice of daily 
prayer. Such prayer ought to include 
praise and adoration of God; giving of 
thanks for all His blessings; confession 
of sin; as well as making requests (for 
daily needs, God's protection, health, 
God's blessings for others, etc.). But in 
addition. General Conference has rec- 
ommended that we include "prayer for 
specific persons who do not know Jesus 
Christ as saving Lord." 

So often Christians seem more con- 
cerned about praying for physical needs 
than for the unsaved. When was the last 
time, for example, that your church's 
prayer chain sent around a call request- 
ing prayer for someone's salvation? 
This recommendation calls upon us to 
pray for the unsaved. Note also that we 
are asked to pray for specific persons 
who do not know Jesus Christ as saving 
Lord — not just for the unsaved in 

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general, but for specific non-Christians. 

Who are these people? Well, they 
might be names suggested to you by 
your pastor or Sunday school teacher. 
But more likely they will be people in 
your "circle of contacts." 

The average Christian has regular 
contact with six to eight people who 
have not made a commitment to Jesus 
Christ as saving Lord. They may be 



neighbors, people with whom you work 
or go to school, relatives, personal 
friends, contacts in clubs or organiza- 
tion, etc. Think about those people with 
whom you have regular contact, and 
identify among them those who are un- 
saved. Then begin to pray — daily — 
for these people. 

Yes, good habits are hard to get 
started. But the practice of spending 15 



minutes or more per day in prayer is 
well worth the effort. 

I believe that if a large percentage of 
Brethren people would commit them- 
selves to the spiritual discipline of 
spending at least 15 minutes per day in 
prayer, including prayer for specific 
persons who do not know the Lord, it 
would bring about a revival in our church. 
Will you be one of those people? [t] 



Workers for the Harvest 

Final Eirticle in a series evaluating selected gifts implementation programs. 

Part III: NETWORKING 



We believe that everyone is a "10" 
somewhere. Bruce Bugbee 

THE NETWORKING program was 
developed by Bruce Bugbee, a 
member of the pastoral staff at the Wil- 
low Creek Community Church near 
Chicago, 111. 

This program takes a "whole person" 
approach to lay ministry. That is to say, 
ministry placement is not based solely 
on the spiritual gifts an individual pos- 
sesses. Rather, consideration is given to 
the person's passion for service, tem- 
perament, talents, spiritual maturity, and 
even his or her time schedule. 

Materials for implementing the Net- 
working program are contained in a 
Leader's Kit, which consists of a 
Leader's Guide, eight audio cassette 
seminar tapes, a leader's video tape, 
four audio cassette strategy tapes, and a 
ministry description notebook. The 
Leader's kit can be purchased for 
$69.95 from the Charies E. Fuller In- 
stitute, P.O. Box 91990, Pasadena, CA 
91109-1990 (1-800-999-9578). 

The Main Thrust 

The main thrust of the Networking 
program is the concept that various 
people may have the same spiritual gift 
but that they may have a passion to use 
that gift in different areas and a 

Dr. Lawson is pastor of the Oakville, 
Ind., First Brethren Church. He wrote 
this series of articles at the request of 
the Stewardship Commission, of which 
he is the chair. 

January 1992 



By Dan Lawson 

temperament that would cause them to 
use that gift through different methods. 
When these three key aspects (spiritual 
gifts, passion for service, and tempera- 
ment) are considered, along with the 
person's natural talents, spiritual matu- 
rity, and time schedule, the process of 
ministry placement is much more suc- 
cessful. 

The Networking program is divided 
into three stages: teaching, consultation, 
and service. The objective is for the par- 
ticipant to develop a "servant profile." 

The teaching phase consists of a four- 
part seminar. Session one is entitled 
"Getting a Perspective on the Gifts." It 
discusses servanthood versus servility, 
reasons for spiritual gifts, and biblical 
teaching on spiritual gifts. 

Session two is entitled "Focusing on 
the Gifts" and continues the biblical 
teaching on spiritual gifts. By the end of 
this session, participants should begin 
drawing some conclusions concerning 
their own spiritual gifts. 

Session three is entitled "Personal 
Identification of Your gift." It pwints out 
what spiritual gifts aren't, then gives 
some of the characteristic of the various 
gifts. 

Session four is entitled "Putting It 
Together: Your Profile and Ministry 
Opportunities." This session leads par- 
ticipants through the process of 
developing their "Servant Profile" and 
introduces them to some possible minis- 
try opportunities. 

As a prerequisite for this session, a 
church must have identified its ministry 
areas and have written descriptions for 



those areas. The Leader's Guide pro- 
vides forms to help complete this task. 
At the conclusion of session four, times 
for individual consultations are 
scheduled. 

Various assessment tools are used in 
the Networking program to help par- 
ticipants discover their spiritual gifts, 
passion for service, and personality 
temperament. 

A Consultant Handbook is included in 
the Leader's Guide to aid in the training 
of volunteer consultants. The consult- 
ants will help the participants sum- 
marize the various assessment tools, 
understand their servant profile, and 
prioritize the ministry opportunities. 

The Networking program also sug- 
gests that ministry areas be divided into 
three spheres of service. They are: 

• Organizational (structured/ongoing): 
These ministries meet regularly (i.e., 
weekly or monthly) and have been or- 
ganized to serve and meet the needs of 
the body. 

• Projects (periodic/short-term): These 
are cared for by people called together 
to meet special needs of the body. The 
groups are task oriented, and they dis- 
band once the task has been ac- 
complished. 

• Prompting (spontaneous/personal): 
These are ministry opportunities result- 
ing from the inner workings of the Holy 
Spirit. 

Evaluation 

The Networking program categorizes 
spiritual gifts into "functional gifts" and 
"support gifts." The "functional gifts" 

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are further classified into "speaking 
gifts," "people intensive gifts," and 
"service gifts." Categorizing spiritual 
gifts often leads to categorizing those 
who possess these gifts. It is conceiv- 
able that this could lead to division 
rather than unity and feelings of 
superiority by some and feelings of 
inferiority by others. 

The program also suggests that a 
"support gift" can only be expressed 
through a "functional gift." This does 
not seem to go along with the teach- 
ing that God distributes the gifts as 
He chooses. It should be noted, how- 
ever, that this categorization of gifts 
in the Networking program is more 
for organizational purposes within 
the program rather than an effort to 
rank the various gifts. 

The spiritual gifts list contained in 
the Networking program might be 
considerably different from your 
own. It could be argued that some of 
the gifts listed might be better listed 
as natural talents. A possible remedy 
might be to provide scriptural refer- 
ences for each gift. 

After the consultant has met with 
participants to help them summarize 
their "servant profile," the partici- 
pants are left to contact the ministry 
leaders on their own. This may allow 
some people to slip through the 
cracks if there is no follow up. It 
might be wise for the consultant to 
contact the ministry leader or else to 
introduce the participant to the min- 
istry leader personally for possible 
service. 

The Networking program as a 
whole is a very effective and well- 
organized tool for spiritual gift im- 
plementation. The "whole person" 
approach to ministry will surely help 
Christians feel more satisfied as they 
work in areas of service to which 
they feel called. [f] 



Stewardship Testimonials 



Tithing 

by Joan Adele Arroyo 



Stewardship Testimonials is a 
new column to give Brethren an op- 
portunity to give testimony to God's 
blessing on their faithful steward- 
ship. It is being sponsored by the 
Stewardship Commission of The 
Brethren Church in an effort to 
stimulate faithful stewardship 
throughout the denomination. If you 
would be willing to share your 
stewardship testimony, please write 
it in one page or less and send to the 
Evangelist editor. 

TITHING was one of those con- 
cepts that somehow I believed 
was an optional-type thing . . . like so 
many of the Old Testament ideas. 

I had tried tithing when I was 
living with "family," but as the 
children and I had a place of our 
own, friends suggested that perhaps I 
could tithe time and talents instead of 
money . . . since living on "Mother's 
Assistance" would be such a meager 
existence. For a year, I was eager to 
do whatever I could for the Lord — 
and I did. 

After about a year of this, the bills 
began to be increasingly difficult to 
handle. The stress and anxiety over 
finances was wearing me out! When 
I cried to the Lord, begging Him, 

Ms. Arroyo is a member of the Pleas- 
ant View Brethren Church of Vandergrifl, 
Pa. This testimony first appeared in the 
Pleasant View Church newsletter. 



"What should I do?" you can im- 
agine my confusion and amazement 
when it seemed that He was telling 
me to tithe! 

"How can I tithe when I don't even 
have enough to pay the bills?" I 
whined in dismay. The only answer 
was a very simple "Tithe." 

Unconvinced that I was hearing 
right, I conversed with my pastor and 
he suggested that I simply try it and 
see what happened. So I did. 

The Lord was now in charge of the 
finances, and His promise was to 
provide for our needs — easy for 
such a big God! The major anxiety 
over money left, as God took over. 
He provided in big ways and small, 
many times in unexpected ways. 

For me, tithing has become very 
important. Having God as our 
Provider has given me peace in this 
area. Tithing reminds me who is to 
be first in my life — and it helps me 
to keep things in proper perspective. 
I acknowledge that Father God has 
taken care of us very lovingly in the 
past, and I believe that He will con- 
tinue to do so. 

The means of provision is chang- 
ing. We are in transitional time, shift- 
ing from receiving through others to 
doing whatever work He will provide 
to perform. However He does it, the 
blessings of obedience in tithing en- 
riches a soul with things that cannot 
be bought. [t] 



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Freedom to Come Together 



By Donald F. Dumbaugh 



THE SCENE was a con- 
ference on Brethren mis- 
sion at Ashland University in 
March 1987. Among the 75 
people attending were wear- 
ers of the plain garb, as well 
as Brethren in casual cloth- 
ing and Brethren in suits. 
They came from The Breth- 
ren Church, the Church of 
the Brethren, the Dunkard 
Brethren, the Grace Breth- 
ren, and the Old German Baptist 
Brethren. These are the largest 
denominations stemming from the 
Brethren beginnings at Schwar- 
zenau, Germany, in 1708, and also 
those whose members had cooper- 
ated in publishing The Brethren 
Encyclopedia. 

A striking idea 

After hearing several presenta- 
tions, conference attenders dis- 
cussed in small groups the 
commonalties of and differences 
among their mission under- 
standings. As the groups reported 
back to the total body the results 
of their discussions, one striking 
idea emerged. It had been sug- 
gested by William R. Eberly, biol- 
ogy professor at Manchester 
College and former secretary and 
moderator of the Church of the 
Brethren Annual Conference. 

The idea was this: Why don't the 
several Brethren groups com- 
memorate the 250th anniversary 
of the first known Brethren yearly 
meeting by calling an assembly in 

Dr. Durnhaugh is Carl W. Zeigler 
professor of history and religion at 
Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, 
Pa. He served as editor of The Brethren 
Encyclopedia. 

This article appeared in the October 
1991 issue of the Church of the Breth- 
ren Messenger magazine and is re- 
printed here by permission. 

January 1992 




1992 of Brethren from the US and 
all nations where mission efforts 
have planted Brethren congrega- 
tions? Although some serious cau- 
tions were voiced, many of those at 
Ashland responded enthusiastical- 
ly to the idea. Before long the con- 
cept had a name and an agreed- 
upon place and general date. The 
"Brethren World Assembly" would 
be held at Elizabethtown (Pa.) Col- 
lege, geographically close to where 
the 1742 meeting had occurred. 
Later the specific dates of July 15— 
18, 1992, were named. 

Background of the proposal 

The background of the novel 
proposal was the increased 
cooperation and good fellowship 
that had emerged among The 
Brethren Church, Church of the 
Brethren, Dunkard Church, Grace 
Brethren, and Old German Baptist 
Brethren since 1973. In that year 
the octogenarian Brethren leader 
M. R. Zigler had succeeded in 
bringing together a representative 
grouping of leaders and lay people 
from those different Brethren 
clans in a meeting "just to shake 
hands," as he put it. 

He recalled well that the crisis of 
conscription as World War II began 
had brought these groups together. 
They urgently sought a plan 
through which conscientious objec- 
tors (COs) among their ranks could 
find alternative service instead of 



having to join the ranks of 
the military. The resulting 
scheme. Civilian Public Serv- 
ice, entailed many joint meet- 
ings. The smaller Brethren 
bodies tended to look to the 
Church of the Brethren, 
under M. R. Zigler's strong 
direction, for guidance on CO 
issues. He made close friends 
among them. 
This fraternal contact con- 
tinued after the war, along with 
the worldwide work of the Breth- 
ren Service Commission, to succor 
victims of the war and its after- 
math. Church of the Brethren- 
sponsored programs, such as 
Heifer Project (now Heifer Project 
International) and the Christian 
Rural Overseas Program (CROP), 
attracted substantial support from 
the other Brethren denominations. 

A first historic meeting 

It was with this background in 
mind in 1972 that M. R. Zigler 
began to visit the denominational 
offices and leaders of the five 
Brethren groups. His idea was to 
bring together moderators, editors 
of church periodicals, historians, 
and others concerned at a place of 
common historical interest. Once 
having received some positive 
response to his initiative, he 
repeated the circuit to work out an 
acceptable program. He also won 
the financial support of W. Newton 
and Hazel Long. The result was 
the meeting on June 12—13, 1973. 
Zigler summed up the spirit of the 
meeting as sensing "a freedom to 
come together just as in the past 
we sensed a freedom to move apart." 

The location of that 1973 meet- 
ing was Tunker House, in Broad- 
way, Va., associated with the major 
19th-century theologian Peter 
Nead and the beloved Civil War 
martyr John Kline. It was also 



'To lift up the common heritage; to learn to know each other better as 
religious bodies and as individuals; to enjoy fellowship with one another; 
to worship God together in song and message; to emphasize the 
international character of the Brethren movement." 



Zigler's own birthplace. The house 
in the Shenandoah Valley had 
been restored by Samuel D. 
Lindsay, a veteran pastor in the 
Church of the Brethren, and his 
wife, Pauline. Because these his- 
toric associations recalled the 
times before the major church 
divisions of the early 1880s, 
Tunker House resonated with all 
of the Brethren. 

Outgrowths of that meeting 

It is generally known that one 
major outgrowth of the seed 
planted in June 1973 was The 
Brethren Encyclopedia, completed 
10 years later. Less well known is 
the fact that since then there has 
been a steady but irregularly 
scheduled series of meetings bring- 
ing together the separated Breth- 
ren. A number followed the plan of 
the Broadway meeting. Even more 
meetings developed as a series for 
"writers and historians," each 
designed to focus on a significant 
topic. It was one such focusing on 
mission that met at Ashland in 
1987. 

The November 1987 meeting of 
the board of directors of The 
Brethren Encyclopedia decided 
that it would sponsor an interna- 
tional assembly in 1992. Since that 
time, the plan has been steadily 
addressed at the bi-yearly meet- 
ings of the board. It called a larger 
planning meeting, held at Ashland 
University in March 1988. There 
the basic objectives for the 
Brethren World Assembly were ar- 
ticulated. They read (in somewhat 
modified form): "To lift up the com- 
mon heritage; to learn to know 
each other better as religious 
bodies and as individuals; to enjoy 
fellowship with one another; to 
worship God together in song and 
message; to emphasize the inter- 
national character of the Brethren 
movement." 

Later meetings of the board sur- 
faced some of the sensitive areas: 
How would joint worship be con- 

10 




ducted, given the differences in 
worship practices of the several 
Brethren groups? What leadership 
roles should women play? How 
should the assembly be financed? 
For a time it seemed as if disagree- 
ment on these points would scuttle 
plans for the assembly. However, 
sufficient interest had been 
aroused that the board concluded 
that plans should go forward. 

A committee of 10 members — 
two from each of the five cooperat- 
ing denominations — was named 
to hold periodic meetings to plan 
the Brethren World Assembly.* 
Donald F. Durnbaugh was asked 
to serve as coordinator. The newly 
established Young Center for the 
Study of Anabaptist and Pietist 
Groups at Elizabethtown College 
agreed to co-sponsor the meeting. 

Theme of the assembly 

The theme will be "Christ Is 
Lord: Affirming Our Faith 
Heritage." The assembly will have 
two stages — a smaller study con- 
ference from Wednesday evening 
through Friday, accommodating 
between 150 and 200 persons, and 
a larger, mass assembly on Satur- 
day. Thursday and Friday evening 
meetings will feature speakers 
from Brethren groups outside the 
US. Those Brethren bodies that 
have featured foreign missions will 
be responsible for securing the 
speakers from abroad. Many will 
be itinerating in the US and at- 
tending their respective denomina- 
tional conferences at any rate, but 
a special effort will be made to en- 
list overseas representation. 

'Brethren Church representatives are 
Dr. Dale Stoffer and Rev. David Cooksey. 



The early-phase study confer- 
ence will include papers, work- 
shops, and discussion, featuring 
invited speakers. Although the list 
of speakers and subjects has not 
been firmly established, it is likely 
that some of the latter will include 
discipleship, polity, social trends, 
biblical interpretation, hymnody, 
doctrine and ordinances, peace and 
nonresistance, and education. 

Tours to historical sites 

Prior to and during the study 
conference, tours will be organized 
to relevant historical sites. These 
could include the Ephrata Cloister, 
the site of the early Conestoga 
division, the FVicetow^n meeting- 
house, and the Germantown con- 
gregation and meetinghouse. 

It is intended that the Saturday 
program will include speaking and 
inspirational singing, with repre- 
sentation from all Brethren 
groups. The evening program will 
conclude the event. Those attend- 
ing the assembly will be encour- 
aged to attend nearby congrega- 
tions on Sunday morning. Those 
congregations will be encouraged 
to provide hospitality to people 
visiting from other Brethren 
bodies and localities. 

Some of those attending the 
Brethren World Assembly will join 
a Christian Heritage Tour from 
July 20 through August 7, con- 
ducted by Donald and Hedda 
Durnbaugh. At the heart of the 
trip will be a Sunday spent at 
Schwarzenau, Germany, where it 
all began. 

The mission conference held at 
Ashland, Ohio, in 1987 was 
marked by a fine spirit of warmth 
of fellowship, despite the potential- 
ly divisive topic. A participant, 
James Black of the Missionary 
Board of the Brethren Church, 
described the spirit with the words 
"We and them have become us." It 
is that spirit that the Brethren 
World Assembly in July 1992 
hopes to embody. [t] 

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January-February 1992 



Volume 5, Number 3 



PROVE YOUR FAITH 

Devotions for National WMS Conference 
Presenced August 8, 1991, by Trudy Kemer 



Last time we looked at proving our 
faith by following Christ's pattern of 
living a holy life £ind in doing good. 
Today we are going to think about 
proving our faith by obedience to 
Christ's commands. 

A church member was enthusiastic 
about an upcoming trip to the Holy 
Land. He told his pastor, Phillips 
Brooks, it was his plan to climb to the 
top of Mt. Sinai. "When I get there, I 
will read aloud the Ten Command- 
ments!" He expected Rev. Brooks to be 
pleased, but was rather taken aback 
when the pastor replied, "You know, I 
can think of something even better 
than that." The man asked what that 
might be. Brooks replied, "Just this. 
Instead of traveling thousands of miles 
to read the Ten Commandments on 
Mt. Sinai, why not stay right here at 
home and KEEP them?" 

James said emphatically in 1:22, 'Do 
not merely listen to the word, and so 
deceive yourselves. Do what it says. " 

Jesus presented himself as Lord, 
and said this in John 14:15 and 21: "// 
you love me, you will obey what I com- 
mand. . . . Whoever has my commands 
and obeys them, he is the one who loves 
me. He who loves me will be loved by 
my Father, and I, too, will love him 
and show myself to him. ' 

Our love, then, is measured 
by our obedience. 

By the time I was 12, I was paying 
attention to Christ's commands pretty 
well. In one Sunday School lesson, our 
teacher stressed Jesus' words, "If you 
have faith as small as a mustard seed, 
you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be 
uprooted and planted in the sea,' and 
it will obey you." (Luke 17:6) I mulled 
this over for 2-3 days, wondering if my 
faith were really that strong. One eve- 
ning I was out in our back yard to 
empty the garbage and got to looking 
at a large pear tree. Could it be moved 
farther over in the yard by my prayer? 



(I was a little afraid to try "planting it 
in the sea.") As I stood there, working 
up the courage for this feat of faith, my 
exasperated mother, upset by my con- 
tinued absence, appeared in the back 
doorway. When she learned what I 
was contemplating, she asked, "Do you 
think that will do the tree any good?" 

"Well, no-o-o." 

"Will it do the yard any good?" 

"Well, no, I guess not." 

"Will it do anybody any good?" 

"No." 

"Well, come in and finish the dishes, 
and put your faith to better use!" 

I hope I have. I've never thought of 
trying this on shrubbery to be moved, 
even when I got pretty tired of digging. 

John, who certainly loved Christ and 
was known as the Beloved Disciple, 
took Christ's expectation of obedience 
to heart. Late in his life, John was still 
stressing this in his letters to the 
churches. I John 2:3-5a says: 

We know that we have come to know 
him if we obey his commands. The man 
who says, 'I know him," but does not 
do what he commands is a liar, and 
the truth is not in him. But if anyone 
obeys his words, God's love is truly 
complete in him. 

To look at some of Christ's com- 
mands, we need to start with Matthew 
22:37-40: 

Jesus replied, "Love the Lord your 
God with all your heart and with all 
your soul and with all your mind. This 
is the first and greatest commandment. 
And the second is like it: Love your 
neighbor as yourself All the law and 
the prophets hang on these two com- 
mandments. " 

Jesus came to earth to enable people 
to see God as a loving Father — to all 
people and to all the world. God's new 
covenant was established by Jesus, the 
loving, suffering Savior. His gospel is 
what the church is to proclaim to the 
world. Christ's great commission is 
(continued on page 4) 



Precious in the sight of the Lord is the 
death of his saints. Psalm 116:15 

Mabel (Poly) Keplinger, a longtime 
WMS member and a deaconess of the 
Hagerstown First Brethren Church, 
went to be with her Lord November 
16. 

The Memorial Service, presented at 
General Conference by the Peru ladies, 
honored these members deceased in 
1990-91: 

Southeast District: 

Audrey Nagle Hagerstown 

Beulah Lowman Hagerstown 

Myrtle Heck Beard Hagerstown 
Lois Byrd Mt. Olive 

Pennsylvania District: 

Thelma Saylor Berlin 

Eleanor McPherson Sergeantsville 
Bemice Overdorf Vinco 

Indiana District: 



Miriam Bowman 
Elizabeth Engelberth 
Betty Waikel 
Bessie Lippold 
Mildred Shafer 
Cecelia Hopper 
Mayme Miller 
Helen Hunter 
Wilda Dennis 
Margaret Holmgren 
Anna Scott 
Willodean Bennett 



College Comer 

Dutchtown 

Huntington 

Loree 

Mexico 

Muncie 

New Paris 

N. Manchester 

Roanoke 

South Bend 

Tiosa 

Warsaw 



Central District: 

Helen Jordan Waterloo 

Mid'west District: 

Juanita Delcamp Derby 

Mary Lewallen Mulvane 

Edith Gulp Fort Scott 

Northern California District: 

Bessie Robinson Stockton 




W.M.S. DIRECTORY - 1992 



NATIONAL W.M.S. OFFICERS 

President - Mrs. Deanna Benshoff, P. O. Box 

246, 1101 Jackson St., Burlington, IN 46915. 

Phone: 317-566-3274 
Vice President - Mrs. Helen Dickson, 506 E. 

State St., Huntington, IN 46750. Phone: 

219-356-8603 
General Secretary - Mrs. Grace Grumbling, 

114 Cambridge Rd., Johnstown, PA 15905. 

Phone: 814-255-3254 
Ass't Secretary - Mrs. Trudy Kerner, 1209 

King Rd., Ashland, OH 44805. Phone: 419- 

289-2833 
Financial Secretary - Mrs. Joanne Kroft, 608 

TR 1151; RD 5, Ashland, OH 44805. Phone: 

419-962-1679 
Treasurer - Mrs. JoAnn Seaman, 1314 Davis 

Rd., Ashland, OH 44805. Phone: 419-281- 

0027 
Literature Secretary - Mrs. Kathy Mack, 121 

E. Uberty St., Ashland, OH 44805. Phone: 

419-281-3057 
Ass't Literature Secretary — Mrs. Doris Shultz, 

455 S. Countryside Dr., Ashland, OH 44805. 

Phone: 419-289-0202 
Editor of the Outlook Devotional Guide - Mrs. 

Jeanette Sullivan, P. O. Box 638, Mil- 

ledgevUle, IL 61051. Phone: 815-225-7570 
Editor of the Outlook Newsletter - Mrs. Joan 

Ronk, 1325 Carriage Hill Ct., Ashland, OH 

44805. Phone; 419-281-3050 
Subscription Secretary - Mrs. Ginny Hoyt, 728 

Davis St., Ashland, OH 44805. Phone: 419- 

281-5300 
Historian - Mrs. Julie Flora, 1026 Menlo Cir- 
cle, Ashland, OH 44805. Phone: 419-289-7148 
Sewing and World Relief Coordinator - Mrs. 

Joan Merrill, 9300 S. SR 3, Muncie, IN 

47302. Phone: 317-289-2384 

DISTRICT ORGANIZATIONS 
Florida 

Acting President - Mrs. Helen McConahay, 

2736 Bradenton Rd.; Lot 18, Sarasota, FL 

33580. Phone: 813-351-1409. Summer ad- 
dress: 1747 Barnard Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 
Southeast 
President - Mrs. Christina Moyers, 305 Green 

St., Bridgewater, VA 22812. Phone: 703- 

828-3112 
Vice President - Mrs. Mary Garver, 407 Main 

St., New Windsor, MD 21776 
Secretary-Treasvirer - Mrs. Lois Hall, 105 

MUler Ave., Oak Hill, WV 25901 
Pennsylvania 
President - Mrs. Jane Yoder, P.O. Box 44; Mt. 

View Rd., Jones Mills, PA 15646. Phone: 

412-593-2396 
Vice President - Mrs. Linda Barr, 278 Sarver 

Rd., Sarver, PA 16055 
Secretary-Treasurer - Mrs. Joy Zook, 179 

Bond St., Johnstown, PA 15902 
Ass't Secretary-Treasurer - Mrs. Sheila 

Nemeth, Box 324B, Acme, PA 15610 
Ohio 
President - Mrs. Alberta Holsinger, 208 Sloan 

Ave., Ashland, OH 44805. Phone: 419-281- 

6574 
Vice President - Mrs. Wanda Powell, 4905 

Westerville Lake Rd., Beloit, OH 44609 
Secretary-Treasurer - Mrs. Susie Black, 32 S. 

Church St., P. O. Box 275, New Lebanon, 

OH 45345 
Ass't Secretary-Treasurer - Mrs. Joanne 

Kroft, 608 Twp. Rd. 1151, RD 5, Ashland, 

OH 44805 

Indiana 
President - Mrs. Dolly Zerbe, RD 1, Peru, IN 

46970. Phone: 317-473-4082 
Vice President - Mrs. Wanda Armentrout, 8 

Jade Rd., Huntington, IN 46750 
Secretary-Treasurer - Mrs. Beverly Baker, 

1127 Byron Dr., South Bend, IN 46614 



Ass't Secretary-Treasurer — Mrs. Jane Stogs- 

dill, RD 1, Bunker Hill, IN 46914 
Financial Secretary - Mrs. Charlene Rowser, 

213 West Clinton, Goshen, IN 46526 
Ass't Financial Secretary - Mrs. Matilda 

Stout, RD 2, Box 10, Peru, IN 46970 
Central 
President - Mrs. Melva Staples, RD 1, Box 46, 

Chadwick, IL 61014. Phone: 815-684-5643 
Vice President - Mrs. Anita HoUewell, RD 2, 

Box 11, Lanark, IL 61046 
Secretary-Treasurer - Mrs. Shirley Powell, 

RD 6, Box 135A, Decatur, IL 62521 
Midwest 
President - Mrs. Sue Hurd, 4008 E. 13th St., 

Cheyenne, WY 82001. Phone: 307-638-4402 
Vice President - Mrs. Bonnie Marshall, 602 

WUson St., Fort Scott, KS 66701 
Secretary - Mrs. Terri Chancellor, 309 S. Main 

St., Udall, KS 67146 
Treasurer - Mrs. MarUyn Minor, RD 3, Box 

440, Fort Scott, KS 66701 
Southwest 
President - Mrs. Marie Fanning, 5772 E. 

Seneca St., Tucson, AZ 85712. Phone: 602- 

885-3398 
Vice President - Georgia Stuber, 16103 N. 

Avenida Del Oro, Tucson, AZ 85737 
Secretary-Treasurer - Mrs. Ina Williams, 

4259 E. Blanton Rd., Tucson, AZ 85712 
Northern California 
Acting President - Mrs. Betty Boyd, 6605 N. 

Alturas Ave., Stockton, CA 95207. Phone: 

209-951-0927 

LOCAL SOCIETIES 

Names and Addresses of W.M.S. 
Presidents 

Florida District 

Sarasota Day - Mrs. June Shaw, 625 Caruso 

PI., Sarasota, FL 34237 
Sarasota Evening - Mrs. Paula Gray, 5607 

Waneta PL, Sarasota, FL 34231 
Southeast District 
Bethlehem Mary & Martha - Mrs. Christina 

M. Moyers, 305 Green St., Bridgewater, VA 

22812 
Bethlehem Senior - Mrs. Mae L. Wenger, RD 

1, Box 205, Linville, VA 22834 
Cumberland - Mrs. Vergie Greenawalt, 917 

Maryland Ave., Cumberland, MD 21502- 

3522 
Hagerstown - Mrs. Ruth Stoddard, 1710 

Cathedral Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742 
Linwood - Mrs. Virginia M. Hook, 3046 Old 

Washington Rd., Westminster, MD 21157 
Maurertown - Mrs. Elsie Mogle, RD 1, Box 

199E, Woodstock, VA 22664 
Mt. Olive - Mrs. Mabel Bailey, RD 1, Box 285, 

Port Republic, VA 24471 
Oak HUl - Mrs. Amy L. Crouch, 140 Virginia 

St., Oak Hill WV 25901 
St. James Ruth and Naomi - Myra Poffen- 

berger, RD 6, Box 35A-1, Hagerstown, MD 

21740 
St. Luke - Mrs. HUda Racey, RD 3, Box 388, 

Edinburg, VA 22824 
Washington, DC (inactive) - Mrs. Helen B. 

Cooksey (acting). 111 Clark Ave., Waldorf, 

MD 20602 

Pennsylvania District 
Berlin - Mrs. Edith Hoffinan, RD 1, Box 51, 

Berlin, PA 15530 
Brush Valley - Mrs. Irene Tarr, RD 1, Box 

210, Adrian, PA 16210 
Cameron Ladies Circle - Mrs. Dordi John, RD 

3, Box 26, Cameron, WV 26033 
Fairless Hills - Mrs. Joainne Cole (acting), 29 

Jadewood Rd., Levittovm, PA 19056 
Highland - Mrs. Diane Dulaney, Marianna, 

PA 15345 



Johnstown Second — Mrs. Joy Zook, 179 Bond 

St., Johnstown, PA 15902 
Johnstown Third — Mrs. Dolores Golby, 

Leisure Village Lot 80, RD 6, Box 45, 

Johnstown, PA 15909 
Main Street - Mrs. Helen Courtney, 236 North 

St., Meyersdale, PA 15552 
Masontown - Miss Ruth DeBolt, 712 N. Main 

St., Masontown, PA 15461 
Mt. Olivet - Mrs. Madlyn Davis, RD 1, Box 

249, Georgetown DE 19947 
Pittsburgh Rebecca - Mrs. Irene Livingston, 

5106 Harriet St., Httsburgh, PA 15224 
Pleasant View — Mrs. Bonnie Schrecengost, 

1373 RT. 56E, Apollo, PA 15613-9716 
Raystown - Miss Susan Weimert, RD 1, Box 

51, Saxton, PA 16678 
Sarver - Mrs. Marsha Nulph, 361 Stoneyhol- 

low Rd., Cabot, PA 16023 
Sergeantsville - Mrs. Doris Culberson, P.O. 

Box 67, Sergeantsville, NJ 08557 
Valley - Mrs. Sheila Nemeth, RD 1, Box 324- 

B, Acme, PA 15610 
Vinco - Mrs. Brenna Mackall, RD 1, Box 284, 

Mineral Point, PA 15942 
Whitedale - Mrs. Rita Varner, P.O. Box 414, 

Kingwood, WV 26537 

Ohio District 
Columbus - Mrs. Patricia Morris, 4915 

Botsford Dr., Columbus, OH 43232 
Fremont - Mrs. Ruth Ross, 2304 Sandusky, 

CR 241, Fremont, OH 43420 
Garber - Mrs. Nancy Wahl, 202 E. Liberty St., 

Ashland, OH 44805 
Gratis - Mrs. Ruth Focht, 8947 S. Preble 

County Line Rd., Germantown, OH 45327 
Gretna Gleaners - Mrs. Nettie Hudson, 4650 

CR 11, Bellefontaine, OH 43311 
Gretna Lamplighters — Mrs. Peg Swonguer, 

9366 Willowview Dr., Bell Center. OH 

43310-9759 
Hillcrest Evening Circle — Miss Enid Schrader, 

109-1/2 Knecht Dr., Dayton, OH 45405- 

2629 
Brethren Bible - Karen Moran, 7852 Geor- 
getown Rd., Louisville, OH 44641 
Newark - Mrs. Peggy Cole, 40 N. 26th St., 

Newark, OH 43055 
New Lebanon Afternoon - Norma Roesch, 756 

S. Church St., New Lebanon, OH 45345 
New Lebanon Evening - Mrs. Shirley Decker, 

11303 Mile Rd., New Lebanon, OH 45345 
North Georgetown Carrie Stoffer — Mrs. Ar- 

lene Raber, 29658 Tower Rd., Salem, OH 

44460 
Park Street Faith - Mrs. Bonnie Summy, 502 

Sandusky St., Ashland, OH 44805 
Park Street Hope - Mrs. Shirley Black, 102 

High St., Ashland, OH 44805 
Park Street Joy — Mrs. Karen Weidenhamer, 

631 Buena Vista, Ashland, OH 44805 
SmithvUle - Esther Brant, 7484 Five Points 

Road, Smithville, OH 44677 
Trinity Juniorettes - Mrs. Sue Barnes, 1304 

12th St., NW, Canton, OH 44703 
Trinity Senior - Mrs. Arlene Heist, 1245 

Manor Ave., SW, Canton, OH 44710 
Walcrest - Mrs. Princene Bonnett (acting), 

1034 Walcrest Dr., RD 13, Mansfield, OH 

44903 
West Alexandria I, Night - Mrs. Marilyn 

Ward, 2356 New Market-Banta Rd., West 

Alexandria, OH 45381 
West Alexandria II, Day - Dyna Bowser, 3836 

S. Preble County Line Rd., West Alexandria, 

OH 45381 
Williamstown - Barbara Main, 6781 SR. 12 W, 

Findlay, OH 45840 

Indiana District 
Ardmore I - Mrs. Estella Hutchison, 55396 N. 

Lexington, South Bend, IN 46628 
Ardmore II - Mrs. Bertha Wyatt, 55349 Wood- 
land Ave., South Bend, IN 46628 



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Brighton Chapel I, Day - Mrs. Josephine 

Grubaugh, 5520 E. 475 N, Howe, IN 46746 
Brighton Chapel II, Evening - Mrs. Gary Cot- 
ter, Brethren Retreat Center, 90 85W, 275 

N, Shipshewana, IN 46565 
Bryan - Mrs. Anna Moog, 620 S. Walnut St., 

Bryan, OH 43506 
Burlington - Mrs. Cindi Stout, RD 1, Box 215, 

Frankfort, IN 46041 
College Comer - Mrs. Linda Faust, RD 5, Box 

153, Wabash, IN 46992 
Corinth - Mrs. Cyrena Stoller, RD 5, 

Logansport, IN 46947 
County Line - Inactive 
Dutchtown - Mrs. Lori Stonebrenner, 2809 N. 

CR. 400 E., Warsawr, IN 46580 
Elkhart - Mrs. Gladys Stemm, 933 Taylor St., 

Elkhart, IN 46516 
Flora - Co-Presidents: Mrs Rose Pullen, RD 

1, Box 339, Flora, IN 46929 and Mrs. Kath- 
leen Brummert, RD 4, Delphi, IN 46923 
Goshen - Mrs. Rosalie Miller, 1607 South 

14th, Goshen, IN 46526 
Huntington - Mrs. Peg Stahl, 1413 S. Jeffer- 
son St., Huntington, IN 46750 
Loree I - Mrs. Doris Deisch, RD 1, Box 89, 

Peru, IN 46970 
Loree II, Charity - Mrs. Connie Parker, RD 1, 

Box 130, Peru, IN 46970 
Meadow Crest - Mrs. Corine Austin, 8840 St. 

Joe Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46835 
Mexico - Janie Hattery, RD 3, Box 203 B, 

Peru, IN 46970 
Milford - Mrs. Judy Tinkle, P. O. Box 427, 

Milford, IN 46542 
Muncie - Mrs. Elizabeth Johnson, 704 W. Cen- 
tennial, Muncie, IN 47303 
Nappanee - Mrs. Kathy Holler, 27189 CR 150, 

Nappanee, IN 46550 
New Paris - Mrs. Grace Kline, 67418 CR 29, 

New Paris, IN 46553 
North Manchester Hadassah — Mrs. Elizabeth 

Ayres, RD 4, Box 131, North Manchester, 

IN 46962 
North Manchester Joy - Nancy Knapp, 405 E. 

Fifth St., North Manchester, IN 46962 
Oakville I - Mrs. Wilma L. Swain, 4006 Larry 

Ln., Muncie, IN 47302 
OakvUle II - Nondus Jones, RD 4, Box 392, 

Muncie, IN 47302 
Peru - Mrs. Waneta Finster, 262 E. Sixth St., 

Peru, IN 46970 
Roann - Mrs. Mary Haupert, RD 1, Roann, IN 

46974 
Roanoke - Mrs. Sharon Williams, Box 33, 

Roanoke, IN 46783 
South Bend - Mrs. Beverly Baker, 1127 Byron 

Dr., South Bend, IN 46616 
Teegarden - Mrs. Sherry Stafford, RD 1, Box 

2652, Walkerton, IN 46574 
Tiosa - Mrs. Sue Brown, RD 5, Box 247, 

Rochester, IN 46975 
Wabash - Summer: Mrs. Phyllis Meyer, RD 2, 

Wabash, IN 46992; Winter: Mrs. Nancy 

Snyder, 518 Glen Ave., Wabash, IN 46992 
Warsaw - Mrs. Princess M. Prush, 320 W. 

Main St., Apt. 429, Warsaw, IN 46580 

Central District 

Cerro Gordo - Mrs. Shirley Powell, RD 6, Box 

135 A, Decatur, IL 62521 
Lanark Neoma - Mrs. Grace Aiken, 115 W. 

Dame Ave., Lanark, IL 61046 
Lanark Friendship - Mrs. Julie Schiefer, 220 

E. Locust, Lanark, IL 61046 
Milledgeville Brethren Beacons - Mrs. Nola 

Cunningham, P. O. Box 214, Milledgeville, 

IL 61051 
Milledgeville Priscilla - Mrs. Melva Staples, 

RD 1, Box 46, Chadwick, IL 61014 
Waterloo - Mrs. Carolyn Waters, 303 

Meadowbrook Ln., Waterloo, lA 50701 

Midwest District 

Cheyenne I, Day - Mrs. Delphia Johnson, 

1125 W. Jefferson, Cheyenne, WY 82007 
Cheyenne II, Evening - Mrs. Lynne Cline, 213 

W. Fourth St., Cheyenne, WY 82001 

January-February 1992 



OAissionayy <jMscdlamj 



David and Jenny Loi's daughter, 
Rebecca (age 6), was recently diag- 
nosed with sinusitis. Her illness has 
been a concern for several months. 
With this diagnosis, treatment has 
started and she is better. Continue 
your prayers. 

Ken and Carolyn Solomon concluded 
their language training in Costa Rica 
in November and traveled to Medellin, 
Colombia, to begin their missionary 
service. FVay for their continued good 
health, their adjustments, and thetr 
safety. You may remember that Ken 
served many years in Argentina with 
his wife, Jeanette, and family, and 
then pioneered the work in Colombia. 
They had returned to the states and 
were instrumental in starting the 
Hispanic Church Ln Sarasota. Jan died 
in 1987. 

Carolyn has always wanted to be a 
missionary, and Ken has longed to re- 
turn to Colombia. Soon after their 
marriage, Ken and Carolyn responded 
to the Lord's call for missionary serv- 
ice, and they were commissioned at 
the 1991 General Conference. The 
prayers of God's people have been 
answered again. Thank you. Lord. 
Mail for Ken and Carolyn may be sent 
to Apartado AEREO 10736, Medellin, 
Colombia, SOUTH AMERICA. 

The Sarasota Hispsinic Church has 
grovwi at such a rapid pace that they 
outgrew their meeting place. Now they 
meet in the Sunday School rooms and 
the sanctuary of the Sarasota Breth- 
ren Church for their worship. Daniel 
Resales is the pastor. 

Jim Black, the executive director of 
Brethren missions, Juan Carlos 
Miranda, and Arden Gilmer, the Mis- 
sionary Board president, visited the 
Brethren in Mexico in November. They 
participated in the third annual con- 
ference of the Brethren Church in 
Mexico. The men were very encour- 

Derby Dorcas - Mrs. Marie Flauber, 2307 S. 

Broadview, Wichita, KS 67218 
Falls City - Mrs. Audrey Bennett, 2010 Fair 

Ave., Falls City, NE 68355 
Fort Scott - Mrs. Daisy Ogle, 117 N. Little, 

Fort Scott, KS 66701 
Mulvane - Mrs. Thelma Adams, RD 2, Box 

152, Udall, KS 67146. Assistant - Mrs. 

Cindy Smith, 503 Eastview, Mulvane, KS 

67110 

Southwest District 
Northwest Chapel POWER - Sara Petrosky, 

2749 W. Begonia PI, Tucson, AZ 85745 
Tucson E.V.E. - Gloria Cook, 7446 E. 24th St., 

Tucson, AZ 85710 
Tucson Faith, Hope, and Charity - Mrs. Freda 

Lawson, 3328 N. Richey Blvd., Tucson, AZ 

85716 

Northern California District 
Stockton - Mrs. Betty Jo Sperry, 3431 Cher- 

ryland Ave., SP 4, Stockton, CA 95215 



aged by the Christian outreach in that 
spiritually needy country. 

Mexico City is the largest city in the 
world; the present population is about 
24 million, but only 3% are evangelical 
Christians. By the year 2000, the pro- 
jected population is 31 million. A 
Christian organization with which we 
cooperate in Mexico is VELA, and is 
directed by Golo Vasquez. VELA 
means Evangelistic Vision for Latin 
America. The goal of VELA is to estab- 
lish 10,000 new churches by 2000. We 
are asked to join our prayers with 
those leaders in Mexico City and with 
our Missionary Board members for 
workers. 

The January Missionaries of the 
Month are the leaders in Mexico: Juan 
Carlos and Maria Miranda and Tom 
and Sally Saunders. Special prayers 
are requested for Juan Carlos, the 
Director of Latin American ministries, 
and for Maria, producer of "Para Ti 
Mujer," the radio program designed 
specifically for women. It is aired over 
500 radio stations into Spanish -speak- 
ing countries, with a potential listen- 
ing audience of millions! 

Tom and Sally Saunders have ter- 
minated their service for medical 
reasons. They appreciate and still 
need your special prayers. Tom's 
health is improving, for which we are 
thankful. Send your encouragement 
notes to them: 23l/^ Mechanic St., 
Hayesville, OH 44838. 

Prasanth and Nirmala Kumar are 
the February missionaries. Following 
their summer furlough, they are hard 
at work again in India. Remember, our 
national project is funding for the girls' 
orphanage, which the Kumars super- 
vise. As you pray for them, remember 
both the girls and the boys who receive 
Christian teaching in these orphan- 
ages with their room, food, and care. 
Our funding for them is essential. 

THE WOMAN'S OUTLOOK 
NEWSLETTER 

Published bimonthly in January, 
March, May, July, September, and 
November by the Woman's Missionary 
Society of The Brethren Church. 

Mrs. Dorman Ronk, Editor 

1325 Carriage Hill Court 

Ashland, Ohio 44805 

Subscription price, $7.50 per year in 
advance. 

Send all subscriptions to Mrs. Robert 
Kroft, 608 Twp. Road 1151, RD 5, Ash- 
land, OH 44805 



Prove Your Faith (continued) 
and has been the motivation of His 
church. 

Since God so loved people, we are to 
love them, too — even enemies. This 
loving takes many forms — caring for 
needs (as the Good Saimaritan did) and 
forgiveness for mistreatment (to seven- 
ty times seven, and with the under- 
standing that God forgives us only as 
we forgive others). The Sermon on the 
Mount explains how we are to love 
persecutors and enemies, and also 
shows us that we Eire to be the ex- 
ample of holiness. We have plenty of 
work to do to master all of this, yet it 
is amazing that some believers have 
found time to form cults or to push 
denominational specialties above any 
mission work or evangelism. 

There is one other special command- 
ment that 1 would like to stress. This 
is found in John 13:12-15: 

"You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord' 
and rightly so, for that is what I am. 
Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, 
have washed your feet, you also should 
wash one another's feet. I have set you 
an example that you should do as I 
have done for you. " 

And in Luke 22:17 and 19: After 
taking the cup, he gave thanks and 
said, "Take this and divide it among 
you." . . . And he took the bread, gave 
thanks and broke it, and gave it to 
them, saying, "This is my body given 
for you; do this in remembrance of 
me." 



" Do this in remembrance of me ." 
Both the footwashing and the bread 
and cup are the center of the Brethren 
heritage of the Communion Supper. 
There are denominations and in- 
dividual churches which choose to 
avoid the foot washing before the fel- 
lowship meal, and they seem to 
remember Christ in their way, not His . 
I believe that our Brethren churches 
should be especially careful to observe 
the entire command of Jesus on this. I 
would urge those who avoid the Breth- 
ren Holy Communion services (and 
certainly not all members attend at 
any of our churches — statistics show 
that only 3 of 5 members are there) to 
look on this service as a special way to 
show love to Christ and himiility in 
the service of Christ. I know dear souls 
who are frail, arthritic, and quite 
handicapped, but who make every ef- 
fort to do all in remembrance of Christ 
with some assistance. When I joined 
the Brethren Church, my conunitment 
to this service became and has been 
complete and whole-hearted. I make 
every effort to remember my Lord in 
this manner and hope that God will 
continue to let me so remember His 
Son, my Savior. 

The Bible teaches us that we prove 
our faith in two ways: first, by copying 
Christ's pattern for Christian living, 
and second, by our obeying His com- 
mands. 

Think on this: "One step forward in 
obedience is worth years of study 
about it." — Chambers 



See this 




The national Brethren Church office 
has a limited number of Faith and 
Fortitude by Jerry and Julie Flora for 
sale. This is the historical biography of 
the presidents of the WMS from 1887- 
1952, and is fascinating to read. The 
Floras wrote this book as a birthday 
present for the 100th anniversary of 
WMS, and many copies were sold then. 
Only a limited number remain. The 
cost is $6.00 per book, plus $1.25 for 
first-class postage. Ohio residents need 
to add $.36 tax. As is stated in the 
FVeface, all profits go to the national 
WMS. Make your check payable to the 
Brethren Church and send it to 524 
College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805. 



Tkldiror's Bulity 

Dear Friend, 

When we traveled to Lanark for 
Thanksgiving, I re-read Faith and For- 
titude and enjoyed again the interest- 
ing facts of early WMS. Even more, I 
admired the tenacity and strength of 
those ladies — traveling, writing, teach- 
ing, and preaching, for some were or- 
dained ministers. Traveling 'cross 
coxintry in the late '80s and early '90s 
doesn't compare equally with today's 
travel. 

The framework of WMS is due to the 
early leaders: goals, reading circle 
books, and the object: "to promote 
Christian culture, to do Home and 
Foreign mission work, to raise funds 
for enlarging the borders of the 
church, to disseminate the principles 
of Christian religion, and to advance 
Christian womanhood," from the Con- 
stitution. This is our emphasis for this 
year, so see those active verbs. 



Julie Flora is the WMS Historian. 
None of us knew the nuggets of wis- 
dom which she and Jerry would re- 
search and record. It's a beautiful book 
and we appreciate their stick-to-itive- 
ness. 

Margaret Lowery, will celebrate her 
birthday January 30. Since she retired 
from m.issionary service in Krypton, 
KY, her address is: RD 1, Box 78, 
Fairplay, MB 21733. 

Soon after Thanksgiving, Chaplain 
Kenneth Madison left for one year's 
service in Korea, leaving his wife. 
Donna, and three children in the 
states. All of them will need your 
prayerful support and notes of en- 
couragement. Donna's address is: Mrs. 
Kenneth (Donna) Madison, 5759 A Al- 
lison Avenue, Fort Knox, KY 40121. 

I think so much about the Eur- 
opeans, whose political walls suddenly 
crumbled and they found themselves 
free citizens. True to the adage, how- 
ever, "All that glitters is not gold." 
With their new freedom and indepen- 
dence, they have serious problems. For 
generations, they lived in a system 
that taught them not to think, and 
that undercut their values of honesty 
and initiative. Hence, their "leaders" 
don't know how to lead. 

Although there are long hunger 
lines, and neither much industry nor 
employment, there are Christians! For 
industry to develop, leaders to be 
trained, an education system to be im- 
plemented, and, in general, for order 
to come from chaos, it will take years. 
Pray for them. 

I hope prayer is an important part of 
your life. There are so many needs for 
it. 

February is the shortest month of 
the year and appropriately designated 
as American Heart month. The "typi- 
cal" American tries to do as much as 
possible in as short a time as possible, 
so the usual 30- or 31-day activities 
will be squeezed into 29 days — Leap 
Year! 

In contrast to foods and exercise to 
keep our physical hearts in good work- 
ing condition, the spiritual heart is 
strengthened by grace (Hebrews 13:9, 
NIV). Two exercises to do with grace 
are to receive it (a gift from God) and 
to share it. Do this by living, acting, 
and speaking the unchanging message 
of Jesus Christ. Don't be carried away 
by all kinds of strange teachings and 
false doctrines. That's hard on your 
heart! 

Your friend. 



y<. 



Joan 
Woman's Outlook Newsletter 



Ashland Theological Seminary 

Integrity in Leadership 

By Dr. Mary Ellen Drushal, Academic Dean 



THE YEAR 2000 is fast approach- 
ing, and with it an abundance of 
books by futurist authors predicting 
trends for the coming decades. Some 
of their ideas are more believable than 
others, but there is one topic upon 
which all agree: Americans are look- 
ing for personal and professional in- 
tegrity in their leaders. 

Webster defines integrity as "com- 
pleteness, wholeness, honesty and sin- 
cerity." Burt Nanus says it well: 



that will shape the plans and prepara- 
tion for the future. 

A Voice from the Past 

Dr. J. Allen Miller, the first dean of 
Ashland Theological Seminary, wrote: 

The church is the repository of 
the truth. . . . The church is en- 
trusted with the spiritual up- 
building of her members. . . . 
Here then is the mission of the 
church: to evangelize the world, 



In listening to one another, we found 
far more similarities than differences 
in our expectations. One common 
theme emerged — the church needs 
leaders with integrity! Without excep- 
tion, these denominational represen- 
tatives want their leaders to have a 
firm grounding in the word of God and 
to maintain a vital spirituality. They 
want leaders who relate well with 
people. They want their leaders to be 
skilled in evangelism and to be equip- 



Webster defines integrity as "completeness, wlioleness, honesty and sincerity. " 



A leader without trust is like a 
bird without wings, a pathetic 
creature able to do little but strut 
about for a time, weak and vul- 
nerable, accomplishing little and 
soon displaced. There can be no 
trust unless the leader is trust- 
worthy — dependable and reliable, 
honest and honorable. This has 
always been true, but those who 
aspire to future creative leader- 
ship must aim for an even higher 
standard.* 
For decades, leaders have led institu- 
tions of all kinds, but in the future 
those with integrity will be selected 
and empowered to lead. 
Ashland Theological Seminary ex- 



to hold as a sacred trust the 
deposit of truth; to witness for 
Christ, to afford the fellowship of 
saints, to nurture the members of 
the body.** 

If ATS expects to train and equip 
men and women with integrity to ful- 
fill the mission of the church, its 
curriculum must focus solidly on un- 
derstanding the textbook of faith and 
practice, God's Holy word. Students 
must be immersed in biblical theology 
if they are to develop the ethical mind 
of Christ. 

As leaders in the church, responsible 
for the nurture of its members, stu- 
dents also need countless oppwrtunities 



pers of the laity for ministry. 

In other words, these denomination- 
al leaders agreed with what J. Allen 
Miller said long ago that the church 
should be about! ATS intends to do 
what it has always done, but it needs 
to do it with greater intentionality and 
effectiveness. 

Plans and Preparation 

for the Future. 

As ATS prepares for its future, 
theological curriculum should be 
reshaped to produce leaders with in- 
tegrity, who are needed now and in the 
21st century. The faculty and ad- 
ministration at ATS are listening to 



Leaders with integrity need to realize their own limits of experience and knowledge. 



ists to develop and train leaders for the 
local church. Therefore, it must be an 
institution with integrity if it expects to 
lead among national seminaries into 
the 21st century. 

Leaders with integrity (both in- 
dividuals and institutions) need to real- 
ize their own limits of experience and 
knowledge. This causes them to listen 
intently to the ideas of other people. 
Listening to leaders from the past and 
the present can present a perspective 

*Burt Nanus, The Leader's Edge: The 
Seven Keys to Leadership in a Turbulent 
World (Chicago, Contemporary Books, 
1989), p. 96. 



to develop their practical skills and 
abilities in preaching, teaching, ad- 
ministering, and in designing worship. 

Voices from the Present 

ATS currently has the responsibility 
for training leaders of churches Ln over 
50 denominations. Recently, denomina- 
tional leaders from our major sources 
of students came to Ashland to dia- 
logue with faculty and administration 
regarding the future needs of the 
church and the leader characteristics 
their denominations desire. 

**J. Allen Miller, Doctrinal Statements 
(Ashland, Brethren PubUshing Co., 1922), p. 40. 



voices from the past and the present to 
assist In this process. ATS wants its 
graduates to 
be servant- 
leaders in 
the local 
church with 
a wholistic 
approach to 
ministry that 
incorporates 
the very best 
that theo- 
logical edu- 
cation has to 
offer. Dr. Mary Ellen Drushal 




January 1992 



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Ashland Theological Seminary 

Integrity in Education 
Awakening 

By Dr. Frederick J. Finks, Vice President 



WASHINGTON, D.C., is not only 
our nation's capital, it is a city of 
monuments. There are over 300 
memorials and statues in the District 
of Columbia. If there is something or 
someone to be remembered, Wash- 
ington, D.C., builds a monument. 

Highlighting the skyline of our 
nation's capital are the familiar: the 
Washington Monument and the Jeffer- 
son and Lincoln Memorials. Tucked in 
and around the city are other sig- 
nificant memorials, such as the Tomb 
of the Unknown Soldier, the Iwo Jima 
Memorial, and Arlington National 
Cemetery. 

A relatively newcomer to the city is 
an unusual statue called "The Awaken- 
ing." It depicts a man emerging from 
the earth, with his head, hands, and 
legs visible above the ground. 

As I reflect on the process of theo- 
logical education, the imagery of "The 
Awakening" comes to mind. Like the 
statue, which is not completely visible, 
so the process of awakening at ATS is 
not completely revealed at first glance. 
Students at Ashland Theological Sem- 
inary must learn to balance a multi- 
plex of disciplines as they prepare for 
ministry. 

At Ashland, it seems we are always 
in a state of self-study. After all events 
— classes, chapels, etc. — we evaluate 
their benefit and their impact on the 
process of training persons for minis- 
try. Recently, we asked a number of 
students to reflect on their training at 
Ashland. Several features emerged. 

First, they noted the seminary's 
strong commitment to spiritual forma- 
tion. This was both satisfying and 
rewarding, especially since this has not 
been the focus of classroom lectures. 
Students were referring to the impor- 
tance the seminary places on weekly 
chapel services, spiritual formation 
groups, and prayer groups. These are 
all voluntary for student participation. 



The emphasis on spiritual formation 
began in 1984, when the seminary 
decided to model a clear discipline of 
devotion to Christ, worship that is in- 
spiring and uplifting, and small groups 
where accountability, commitment, 
and spiritual devotion come from a 
desire to honor God with our lives. 
Each year we do it a little bit better. 
Each year more people participate. 
And the result — it has become the 
number one factor in making Ashland 
the place to be. 

The second area they underscored 
was community. Again, this was 
viewed primarily as taking place out- 
side the classroom. They underscored 
the fact that Ashland Theological 
Seminary fosters a Christian com- 
munity where we not only teach the 
principles and convictions of evangel- 
ical faith, but where we live it. It's 
more than a message — it's real. 

One needs only to spend a few 
minutes on the ATS campus to see 
first hand what students mean when 
they say "Ashland equals community." 
Students and faculty alike greet 
everyone they meet on campus. The 
student center is always filled with ac- 
tivity, as students demonstrate their 
enjoyment of being together. Couple 
that with the number of pizza lunches, 
jxjtlucks, and cookouts that are held, 
and it's easy to understand commu- 
nity. Students, faculty, and staff all 
pray daily for the concerns of one 
another. It's not perfunctory, but rather 
an expression of community. 

The third area noted by the students 
signaled their primary reason for 
selecting ATS as the seminary at 
which to seek their training. It is our 
commitment to a conservative evan- 
gelical approach to Scripture. They 
wanted a place where Scripture was 
central to education; not an appendage, 
but an essential part of everything they 
study. "Ashland is just as I envi- 



sioned," expressed one student. "There 
is no question about any professor. 
They believe in Scripture." 

The fourth item the students listed as 
outstanding was a strong academic 
program. Words like "challenging," 
"demanding," "scholarly," "tops," 
"unparalleled," "better than I ex- 
pected," were used by students as they 
reviewed the academics. 

Ashland strives for excellence in its 
classrooms. Our faculty members 
work hard to excel. They continue to 
study, expanding their knowledge. 
Many have written books and articles, 
thereby continuing to contribute to the 
evangelical -.vorld. I have yet to hear 
anyone mention that a graduate of 
Ashland Theological Seminary was 
not academically prepared for minis- 
try. Our emphasis on academics is the 
reason. 

These four areas, spiritual forma- 
tion, community, evangelical, and 
strong academics are foundational for 
awakening at Ashland Seminary. 
Together they contribute to education 
and training of all who choose Ash- 
land as their seminary. [j] 




Dr. Fredrick J. Fuiks 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



Ashland Theological Seminary 



Sherry Van Duyne 




I took my first class at ATS in 1974. 1 was very young, 
with all kinds of ideas of what life would bring, but I knew 
even then that God somehow wanted to use me in the area 
of Christian education. 

Three years ago, when I re- 
turned from our time in Indiana, I 
discovered that ATS had changed. 
But so had I! Besides the obvious 
changes, I noticed two things imme- 
diately. So many of the students are 
older, and most are already actively 
involved in ministry. This wealth of 
experience brings such vitality to 
our discussions and often forces us 
to struggle with real issues in life. 
The second thing I noticed was the emphasis on our 
individual spiritual formation. This is encouraged in the 
classroom and is so greatly enhanced in our chapel ex- 
periences. 

Seminary is sometimes a struggle, but always a chal- 
lenge, and definitely a joy. 



Jim Garrett 

Recently I was asked to jot down some thoughts about 
my perspective on the seminary experience. My only prob- 
lem was not knowing where to start. Certainly I could tell 
about the academic excellence at the 
seminary, but I don't think that 
would adequately relate what has 
impacted me the most in the year 
that I have been here. 

At the end of every quarter, stu- 
dents must complete an evaluation 
form for each class they were in. On 
this evaluation, one question asks 
the student to discern whether or not 
the Christian commitment of the 
professor was obvious throughout 
the quarter. I am here to say that this question can always 
be answered with a resounding "YES." I am pleased to say 
that this commitment is an obvious fact in the entire facul- 
ty and staff of Ashland Theological Seminary. 

It is because of their personal commitment that they 
stress, as of primary impHDrtance, the spiritual growth and 
maturity of each student. This has been the most important 
aspect of the seminary experience for me. 

To nurture growth and fellowship, the seminary 
provides chapel services on Monday and Friday, which are 
an excellent opportunity to share in worship and praise. In 
addition, spiritual formation groups meet on Wednesday so 
that we can share our concerns, our praises, and our lives 
with a few other students and faculty. 

I am thankful for these opportunities and for the oppor- 





tunity to attend an institution which stresses knowledge for 
the sake of service rather than knowledge for the sake of 
knowledge. 

Tim Eagle 

Many have described their seminary career in colorful 
metaphors. One example is to see it as a wilderness one 
must endure to prepare for ministry. 

I have a different picture of my seminary years. Since 
"seminary" derives from the Latin word "seminarium," 
which means "seed bed" or "nursery," I view Ashland 
Theological Seminary as my "seed 
bed." It is a place in which I have 
grown and matured. The academics 
have helped me grow intellectually 
and have stimulated my faith. 
Growth also came through worship, 
social interaction, and emotional 
maturing. 

Growth in worship developed 
through chapels, spiritual formation 
groups, and prayer groups. Socially, 
I learned from faculty members who 
modeled ministry, and through the fellowship of my peers. 
Emotionally I was guided by Christian instructors who 
helped me look at myself and my struggles and who shared 
how I could find strength in God. 

Seminary has prepared me and nurtured me for minis- 
try. I know with my strong "roots" and with faith, God will 
let me be successful in ministry. Ashland Seminary has 
been my seed bed. 

Jackie Rhoades 

I'm very excited to be in seminary at last. Since I've 
lived in Ashland and while a student at Ashland Univer- 
sity, I've made much use of seminary resources (attending 
lecture series, taking some courses, 
and using the library extensively), 
and I've looked forward to finally 
being a student here myself. I 
haven't been here long enough to 
say much, since I've just completed 
my first quarter. But I'm looking 
forward to a chance to serve the 
Lord, hopefully in a teaching minis- 
try. I'm really enjoying the educa- 
tional exf)erience I'm getting, most 
of all because I know that this is a 
major step in my preparation to serve the Lord. 

Seminary is a lot of hard work, but my family supports 
me, and we all know that it's well worth it. The Lord has 
brought many exciting opportunities to minister into my 
life, and I know that this will continue and that seminary 
will help me to be better prepared to face these oppor- 
tunities and challenges. 




January 1992 



13 



Ashland Theological Seminary 



Growing a Library 

By Rev. Bradley Weidenhamer, Head Librarian 



IF YOU WOULD PERUSE the pages of the March 
1, 1958, issue of The Brethren Evangelist, you 
would find an article describing the moving of Ash- 
land Theological Seminary to its present location at 
910 Center Street. 

Part of that move included the transfer of several 
thousand books from the Ashland College library. This 
was the seminary collection, and this move signaled 
the birth of a separate seminary library. It was housed 
in the garage of the former John C. Myers home. As 
the seminary has grown over the years, the library, 
which plays an essential part in the training of full- 
time Christian workers, has grown with it. 

By the summer of 1965 the library had grown to 
more than 8,000 volumes. A new building was com- 
pleted, which had room for approximately 50,000 
volumes. That seems like a lot of books, but by the 
summer of 1970 the collection already stood at 
33,791. The enhancement of the library collection 
was a major factor in gaining accreditation of the 
seminary by the Association of Theological Schools. 

During the past 20 years, the collection has expanded 
to over 72,000 items. In addition to the old standbys — 
books and periodicals — the library also contains a variety 
of other materials: cassette tapes, phonograph records, 
filmstrip kits, microfilm reels, microfiche sets, music 
scores, video recordings, and compact discs. For several 
years we have tried to make adjustments which would aid 
us in making better use of our facilities. A major addition 
to our collection was the 9,500 collection of Dr. Charles 
Pfeiffer, a former adjunct professor at the seminary. 

Recently the seminary completed another phase of 
library expansion — construction of a new addition. With 
this new area, the library now has the capacity for 100,000 
volumes, plus our non-print holdings! We are rearranging 




Head librarian Brad Weidenhamer (r.) directs assistant librar- 
ian Julie Flora and two student assistants as they move books. 

our collection along the lines of biblical studies, church 
history, theology and missions, and practical theology. We 
are also making some changes in the old library facilities. 
These adjustments will enhance the attractiveness of the 
area and also make it more conducive to study. 

Our library has grown as the seminary has grown. 
More students, more faculty, more degree programs, and 
more courses necessitate more library. But the develop- 
ment is for one purpose: to assist in the development of 
those who would serve God throughout the world. [t] 

Note: The new library addition has been built with funds 
raised throughout The Brethren Church and from other friends 
of the seminary. The addition is being dedicated to the memory 
of Rev. George Solomon, a senior statesman of The Brethren 
Church whose life and ministry touched many lives. 



ATS Brethren students and faculty: 
(J St row. I. to r.) Jan Eagle, Glenn 
Black, Matt Hamel, Billy Hesketh, 
{2nd row) Carolyn Cooksey, Jackie 
Rhoades, Mark Teal, Debbie Ar- 
bogast, Tim Eagle, Dr. Mary Ellen 
Drushal, Dr. Fred Finks, Dr. John 
Shuln, (3rd row) Terry Colley, Jim 
Carren, Dr. David Baker, Roy An- 
drews, Brian BoUnger, Gene Oburn, 
Todd Ruggles. Todd Bonnett, and 
Rev. Brad Weidenhamer. (Not pic- 
tured: faculty members Drs. Richard 
Allison, Jerry Flora, Doug Little, and 
Dale Staffer: students Brenda Colijn, 
Don Kelley, Tom Smith, Ken and 
Sherry Van Duyne, Jeff Whiteside, 
Dean Showalter, Sharon Hepburn, 
Liz Schwan, Brian and Beth Maurer, 
and D.Min. Students Dale RuLon, 
Brian Moore, and Leroy Solomon. 




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The Brethren Evangeust 



UPDATE 



BRETHREN CHURCH NEWS 



Dr. J.D. Hamel Holds Revival Services 
November 10-17 at Bradenton Church 



Bradenton, Fla. — Dr. J.D. Hamel, 
pastor emeritus of the Sarasota, Fla., 
First Brethren Church, held revival 
services November 10—17 at the Bra- 
denton Brethren Church. 

The services were scheduled to con- 
clude on Sunday morning, but were so 
Holy Spirit-filled that they were ex- 
tended through Sunday evening. Evan- 
gelist Hamel also returned the follow- 
ing Sunday to present an evangelistic 
message during the morning worship 
service. 

In preparation for the services, 
Hamel taught a class the week before 
the meetings on visitation evan- 
gelism, how to have a personal soul- 
winning plan, and how to find pros- 
pects for the church. And on Novem- 
ber 9, the day before the start of the 
services, the church, under the leader- 
ship of its pastor. Rev. Buck Garrett, 
held a 12-hour prayer vigil for the lead- 
ing of the Holy Spirit upon the evan- 
gelist and the services. 

As a result of these preparations and 
the blessing of the Holy Spirit, three 
first-time confessions were made during 
the services and more than 30 people 
made decisions at the altar for rededica- 
tion, a closer walk with Jesus, total com- 




Evangelist Dr J D Hamel (r.), with (I to r ) Rev. 
Rob Byler, Bradenton pastor Rev. Buck Garrett, and 
guest soloist Bruce Stone. Photo by LaVergne Stone. 

mitment, and a desire to be soul win- 
ners. Attendance for all services was 
excellent, including a number of young 
people from the church and community. 

Music for the service was under the 
direction of Bradenton moderator Paul 
Isaacson, with pianist Bonnie Hopper, 
organist Martha Ader, saxophonist 
Glenn Ader, and bass guitarist Ron 
Ader providing accompaniment. 

Special music for the services fea- 
tured Rev. Rob Byler, Bruce Stone, 




Still looking for that adventure? 

Still looking for that chance 
to serve? 

The Short-Term Ministry task force has an 
exciting announcement! There will be a short- 
term ministry experience this summer for any 
interested Brethren. We will be working in co- 
operation with the believers' community, Jesus People USA, in 
inner city Chicago. This Christian body is committed to a ministry 
to inner city people through outreach and service. 

There will be opportunities in work projects, social needs, and 
evangelism. 

For more information, look for articles in upcoming issues of 
the Evangelist, or write the Short-Term Ministries task force in 
care of the Brethren Church National Office, 524 College Ave., 
Ashland OH 44805. 



January 1992 



Ralph Smith, Sarasota moderator Leo 

Elliott, Tracy Lee, Ssirah Gstrrett, Erica 

Dey, Wayne Messenger (who served as 

song leader for one service), John 

Hamel, Joy Tharpe, and Sue Shepherd. 

In addition to preaching for the 

services. Evangelist Hamel presented 

magic object lessons for the children 

and also accompanied congregational 

singing on his trumpet. 

An offering toteding $500 dollars 
was received during the services and 
given to the ministry of the "Brethren 
Hour," an international radio out- 
reach founded by Pastor Hamel more 
than 24 years ago. 

In reflecting on the services at 
Bradenton, Evangelist Hamel ob- 
served, "These are great days for 
revival. Eveiry Brethren church is 
urged to make these days of aggres- 
sive evangelism for Christ. People 
today are willing to listen! Thank God 
for revival!" 

Holding revival services at the 
Bradenton Church was a kind of home- 
coming for Evangelist Hamel. The 
Bradenton Chvirch was started as a 
daughter congregation of the Sarasota 
First Brethren Church in 1973, when 
Hamel was senior pastor of the con- 
gregation. The first service was held on 
May 27, 1973, with Sarasota associate 
pastor Rev. Bill lioss in charge, and with 
30 tentmakers from the Sarasota con- 
gregation in attendance. Then on April 
18, 1976, Hamel, as senior pastor at 
Sarasota and a life-member of the Mis- 
sion£uy Board, officiated at the dedica- 
tion of the Bradenton Church. 



Valley Brethren Collect 
$500+ for World Relief 

Jones Mills, Pa. — The Valley 
Brethren Church collected more than 
$500 for World Relief during November 
through the "Harvest for Life Sunday" 
program, sponsored by the Woman's 
Missionary Society of the congregation. 
On Sunday, November 4, local WMS 
president Sheila Nemeth and a hand 
puppet named Randy Raccoon intro- 
duced the program during the children's 
message. Children, their parents, and 
other adults were challenged to put 
money in little bags provided by World 
Relief each day during the month of 
November. These moneys were then 
collected on Thanksgiving Sunday 
(November 24), which was also desig- 
nated "Harvest for Life Sunday." A total 
of $543.00 was received. 

— reported by La Verne Keslar 

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UPDATE 



The Brethren Church Signs Agreement to Use 
Passing On the Promise Evangelism Program 



Ashland, Ohio — The Brethren Church 
and the Chvirch of the Brethren signed 
a Covenant of Understanding in early 
December 1991 outUning their joint 
participation in the evangelism process 
called Passing On the Promise. 

Under the new agreement. Breth- 
ren Church congregations will join 
Church of the Brethren congregations 
in using Passing On the Promise mate- 
rials and resources. This involvement 
includes Brethren Church endorsement 
of and participation in the auinual Evan- 
gelism Leaders Academy. 

The agreement followed a study by 
The Brethren Church Evangelism and 
Church Growth Cormnission, culminat- 
ing in a recommendation in May 1991 to 
use Passing On the Promise as part of 
an evangelism thrust among Brethren 
congregations. In October, both the 
General Conference Executive Council 
(GCEC) and the conmiission approved 
the details included in the Covenant of 
Understanding with the Church of the 
Brethren. 

Commenting on the agreement, Ron- 
ald W. Waters, Director of Brethren 
Church Ministries, noted, "It has been 
a special pleasure to work with the 
Church of the Brethren staff in develop- 
ing this partnership in evangelism em- 
phasis. 

"Passing On the Promise offers an 
excellent opportunity to encourage evan- 



Passing on the Promise 

gelism among our churches," Waters 
said. "This process was developed by 
evangelicals in the Church of the Breth- 
ren who share our heart for evangelism 
and have found practical ways to en- 
courage their people to become more 
actively involved in outreach. Imple- 
mentation of the Passing On the Prom- 
ise process in our churches will provide 
a solid basis for equipping Brethren 
people to share the Good News of Jesus 
Christ more effectively. 

"One of the advantages of Passing On 
the Promise is that it is based on life- 
style evangelism — the form of outreach 
that is most compatible with our biblical 
and historical background," he continued. 

Paul Mundey, Director of Evangelism 
and Congregational Growth for the 
Church of the Brethren, remarked, "I 
consider our partnership with The 
Brethren Church to be an historic oc- 
casion. I am particularly excited about 
the 'practical platform' it provides for 
mutual learnings. God must be pleased, 
as our joint work allows us to celebrate 



BRETHREN POSITIONS ON SOCIAL ISSUES 
BOOKLET AVAILABLE 

In the September issue of The Brethren Evangelist, you read about the 
denominational positions on Abortion and A.I.D.S. that were adopted at the 
1 991 General Conference. You may not be aware, however, that the denomina- 
tion also has developed positions on several other social issues, including 
gambling, homosexuality, and pornography, as well as a comprehensive state- 
ment regarding our traditional peace position. 

These statements are available in a booklet entitled Brethren Positions on 
Social Issues. This booklet was recently updated to include the positions 
adopted at the 1991 General Conference. 

This booklet is very helpful to new members of The Brethren Church. It is also 
a useful source of information for Brethren who want to respond to the questions 
of non-members about what The Brethren Church believes concerning these 
issues. 

Copies of this booklet are being sent to all Brethren pastors in January. Others 
desiring copies of Brethren Positions on Social Issues may either photocopy 
their pastor's copy, or request a copy from The Brethren Church National Office, 
524 College Ave., Ashland, OH 44805. There is no charge for the booklet. 

G. Emery Hurd, Chair 
Social Responsibilities Commission 



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both oneness in Christ and a common 
heritage." 

As part of the agreement. Brethren 
churches will have opportunity to use 
the 36-month evangelism equipping proc- 
ess under the direction of The Brethren 
Church National Office. Passing On the 
Promise has been used in Church of the 
Brethren congregations for over five 
years with significant impact upon 
many local churches. 

The Brethren Church Evangelism 
and Chvirch Growth Commission is 
developing a strategy for implementa- 
tion. Currently, the Waterbrook Breth- 
ren Church, Edinburg, Va., is piloting 
the process. Several additional congre- 
gations will begin the process in the 
summer of 1992, with broader involve- 
ment planned beginning in 1993. 

Also, as part of the agreement, DBCM 
Waters has been invited to be a member 
of the Church of the Brethren Evan- 
gelism Management Team that over- 
sees Passing On the Promise and the 
Evangelism Leaders Academy. And each 
denomination has agreed to be in reg- 
ular prayer for the evangelism outreach 
of the other. 

The Brethren Church represents the 
third denomination to make use of the 
Passing On the Promise design and 
materials. The General Conference 
Mennonite Church and the Mennonite 
Church currently use a form of Passing 
On the FVomise under the banner of 
LIFEI — Living in Faithful Evangelism. 

Valley Brethren Combine 
Thanksgiving and Missions 

Jones Mills, Pa. — The Valley Breth- 
ren combined thanksgiving with mis- 
sions on November 16 and 17, when they 
held a Missions Conference in conjunc- 
tion with their annual church Thanks- 
giving supper. 

After a delicious Thanksgiving meal 
on Saturday evening, November 16, 
Rev. James Black, executive director of 
the Missionary Board showed a video 
presentation of Brethren mission work 
in India. A time of questions and 
answers about missions followed the 
video. 

Then on Sunday morning, November 
17, Rev. Black spoke on the topic, "Mis- 
sions: A Fact of Church Life." 

— reported by La Verne Keslar 

Too many of us hear without heeding, 
read without responding, confess with- 
out changing, profess without practic- 
ing, worship without witnessing, and 
seek without sharing. 

— William Arthur Ward 

The Brethren Evangelist 





Little Crusader 

Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder 
them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 19:14). 

Whiter Than Snow 

One of the beautiful things in nature is a field or hillside of fresh 
white snow. It looks so clean and pure. I enjoy looking at it. 

When I was younger, I liked to find a place in the snow where no one had walked. 
I would walk carefully to the spot, so as to make as few tracks as possible. Then I would 
lay down on my back in the snow and make a "snow angel" by spreading and closing 
my legs and by sweeping my arms from the sides of my body straight out and then 
returning them to my sides. Have you ever done this? 

Snow is one of the whitest, cleanest things we see in nature. For that reason, the 
Bible uses it to tell about the life of a person whose sin has been forgiven and removed. 
King David, after he had done some very bad things, asked God to forgive him. In his 
prayer, he said to God, "Remove my sin, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter 
than snow" (Ps. 51:7, tev). 

David knew that the sin in his life was like dirt and filth in his heart. He knew that he 
couldn't wash this dirt away. So he asked God to forgive his sin and to make his heart 
white like snow. 

This is just what God promises to do. John, one of Jesus' disciples, tells us in the 
New Testament part of the Bible, "But if we confess our sins to God, he will keep his 
promise and do what is right: he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all our 
wrongdoing" (1 Jn. 1 :9, tev). Purify means to make us clean, to make us as white as snow. 

So the snow is like an object lesson. It reminds us of how clean and white God can 
make our lives. We know that God doesn't want us to sin, to do bad things. He wants us 
to be clean and pure. But if we do sin, snow reminds us that if we tell God our sins and 
ask for His forgiveness. He will make our hearts as white and clean as the snow. 



A Word-Puzzle About Snow 



Here are some 
words that we think 
about when we talk 
about snow. Some are 
from our everyday 
lives and some are 
from the Bible. Find 
them in the box of let- 
ters at the right and 
circle them. The words 
run across, down, and diagonally. 1 . sled, 
2. white, 3. sleigh, 4. confess, 5. ski 
6. toboggan, 7. purify, 8. snowball, 
9. cold, 10. snowman. 

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From 
The 




Kerry Stogsdill, son of Rev. Claude 
and Jane Stogsdill, was voted local 
Fireman of the Year during the firemen's 
Christmas party held December 19. Kerry, 
his wife, Dana, and their two sons. Brooks 
and Brandon, are members of the First 
Brethren Church of Warsaw, Ind. 

Dr. David Rausch, professor of history 
at Ashland University, dedicated his recent 
book. Communities in Conflict, to Dr. J. 
Ray and Christine Klingensmith in 
honor of Dr. Klingensmith's 40 years of 
successful teaching at Ashland University 
and Mrs. Klingensmith's 40 years of serv- 
ice to the university community. 

Rev. Tom Schiefer, pastor of the Lan- 
ark, 111., First Brethren Church, has served 
for the past five years as spiritual leader 
for the local Eastland High School football 
team. He attends all games and meets with 
the coaches and team members before 
each contest. One Sunday morning during 
the season the players attend a Synday 
morning worship service of the Lanark 
Church as a group along with tlieir coaches. 
This year, in a special tribute to Rev. 
Schiefer, team captain James Kloepping 
thanked him for his service to the team and 
presented him with a "Cougar" sweat shirt 
signed by all the players. 

The choirs of the Goshen First Breth- 
ren Church, the Jefferson Brethren 
Church, and the Nappanee First Breth- 
ren Church joined together to present a 
concert of Christmas music. The three 
choirs, under the direction of Rev. Mark 
Baker, minister of music at the Nappanee 
Church, presented the concert on Saturday 
evening, December 14, at the Goshen 
Church, and on the following evening at 
the Nappanee Church. 

The Newark, Ohio, Brethren Church 

is having the happy experience of "grow- 
ing pains," according to a recent newslet- 
ter report by Pastor Stephen Cole (which 
he called "the happiest article" he has writ- 
ten in his 18 years of ministry). Worship 
attendance is averaging in the 60s, with a 
high of 70 (compared to an average in 
1990 of 45). The number of Sunday school 
classes has been increased from four to 
seven, with an eighth to begin January 5. 

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And the church has gone from two to four 
youth groups covering from age 4 through 
the 12th grade. The church is now facing 
the challenging problem of where to put 
everybody! 

The Pleasant View Brethren Church 

of Vandergrift, Pa., began a second Sun- 
day morning worship service (an 8:30 a.m. 
service) in the fall. Since beginning the 
second service, the church has seen a sig- 
nificant increase in total attendance: aver- 
age worsliip attendance for 1990 was 1 32; 
currently the 10:30 a.m. worship service is 
averaging in the 130-135 range, and the 
8:30 a.m. service is rutming between 50 
and 60 attenders. The start of the second 
service followed a "The Phone's For You" 
campaign in which 15,000 phone calls 
were made, with six percent of those calls 
resulting in contacts with people who indi- 
cated some interest in the church. 

The first edition of Neighbors, the new 
Central District newsletter, was recently 
published. The decision to publish the 
newsletter was the result of a recommen- 
dation from moderator-elect Pliil Michael 
at the Central District conference held this 
past July. Ryan Gordon, youth pastor at 
the Milledgeville, 111., Bretluen Church, is 
serving as the co-ordinator of the newslet- 
ter, and reporters have been named in each 
of the congregations in the district to send 
in quarterly reports of local church ac- 
tivities. 

A decision was inade recently to expand 
the Indiana District Newsletter, Breth- 
ren Need to Know, by bulk mailing it to 
interested people within the Indiana Dis- 
trict (rather than sending it just to paid sub- 
scribers), with the district picking up produc- 
tion and mailing costs. Rev. Larry and Bev 
Baker continue as editors of the newsletter, 
which is in its third year of publication. 



Zelma Doggett Celebrates 
100th Birthday on Dec. 22 

Ashland, Ohio — Zelma Ethel (Arnold) 
Doggett, a longtime member of the Ashland 
Park Street Brethren Church, celebrated her 
100th birthday 
on Sunday, 
December 22. 

Though a 
resident of 
Brethren Care 
nursing home 
in Ashland, she 
was able to at- 
tend the morn- 
ing worship 
service at Park 
Street Church 
on her birth- 
day, along with 
approxiinately 
40 members of 
her family. Following the service, she was 
the guest of honor at a dinner held by her 
family in the church fellowship hall. 

Mrs. Doggett was bom in Kansas, where 
she was baptized at the age of 15 into the 
Brethren Church by Rev. Albert E. Whitted. 
Mrs. Doggett says that she will never forget 
her baptism, which took place in a large 
watering trough. "Since that day I have 
never asked the Lord to be with me that He 
wasn't there," she says. 

In 1916 she married Node Doggett (now 
deceased), and in 1920 they moved to the 
Ashland area, where Mr. Doggett enrolled 
at Ashland University to study for the min- 
istry. Tliey were the parents of four children 
(one of whom is deceased), and Mrs. Dog- 
gett now has 12 grandchildren, 17 great- 
grandchildren, and three great-great-grand- 
children. One of her daughters, Doris Smith, 
is a deaconess at Park Street Church. 




In Memory 

Linda M. Southern, 47, December 15. Member 

of ihe North Mancheslcr First Brethren Church. 

Services by Pastor Marlin McCann. 

Alice L. Ambridge, 86, December 9. Member 

for many years and deaconess at the North 

Manchester First Brethren Church, where she 

also belonged to the Hadassah (WMS) Circle. 

Services by Pastor Marlin McCann. 

Albert H. Derrer, 104, November 30. Oldest 

member at the time of his death of the Lanark 

First Brethren Church, where he had served as 

church janitor for 14 years. Services by Pastor 

Tom Schiefer. 

John M. Miller, 53, October 27. Member of the 

Nappanee First Brethren Church. 

Weddings 

Jamie Trefter to Steven Stoner, December 21, 
at the Lanark First Brethren Church; Pastor Tom 
Schiefer officiating. Groom a member of the 
Lanark First Brethren Church. 



Susan Derrer to Michael Armstrong, October 
5, at the Lanark First Brethren Church; Pastor 
Tom Schiefer otficiating. Groom a member of 
the Lanark First Brethren Church. 
Karen Ann Wolford to Gary A. Scott, October 
5, at the Tiosa First Brethren Church; Pastor 
George C. Brown officiating. Groom a member 
of the Tiosa First Brethren Church. 

Goldenaires 

Evelyn and Wilford Mercer, 50lh, November 
12. Members of the North Gcorgclown Brethren 
Church. A surprise program in ihe Mercers' 
honor was held at the church during the morning 
worship service on November 24th. The Mercers 
are the parents of Brethren pastor Rev. Lynn 
Mercer. 

Membership Growth 

Valley: 1 by transfer 

Williamstown: 3 by baptism 

Fairless Hills-Levittown: 7 by baptism 

Saint James: 1 1 by baptism, 3 by transfer 

The Brethren Evangelist 



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Horn of Africa Recovery 
and Food Security Act Update 



"Alleviating World Hunger Takes 
More Than Money" was the title of an 
article that appeared in the April 1991 
issue of the EVANGELIST. 

The article pointed out that sixteen 
million people were at risk of starvation 
in the Horn of Africa (Sudan, Ethiopia, 
and Somalia) as a result of military con- 
flicts and drought in that area. It called 
upon Christians to write letters to mem- 
bers of Congress in support of the Horn 
of Africa Recovery and Food Security 
Act — legislation that addressed that 
situation. 

This legislation was aimed to do three 
things: (1) provide immediate food aid 
to people in the Horn; (2) support and 
increase aid to local grassroots or- 
ganizations and projects; and (3) seek 
peaceful solutions to the conflicts. 

What was the result of this appeal, 



made to many Christians, and what has 
happened to this legislation? 

More than 100,000 letters were sent 
to Congress in support of the Horn of 
Africa Recovery and Food Security Act. 
In addition, more than 1,000 articles on 
the legislation appeared in local papers. 

In spite of this support, the Recovery 
and Food Security Act has not yet been 
enacted into law. Both Houses of Con- 
gress passed the Act itself as an amend- 
ment to the Foreign Aid Authorization 
bill. Unfortunately, however, the For- 
eign Aid Authorization bill itself, while 
passing in the Senate, was defeated in 
the House. 

While the Recovery Act has not yet 
become law, nevertheless support for 
the bill has helped bring about a num- 
ber of significant accomplishments. 
They include the following: 



The leaders of Sudan, Somalia, and 
Ethiopia have agreed to participate in a 
regional conference scheduled for March 
to discuss plans for effectively address- 
ing drought and famine. 

The Bush administration is planning 
to provide development aid for Ethiopia 
in fiscal year 1992, possibly in the amount 
of $40 million, to support grassroots 
development. This is the first aid pack- 
age for Ethiopia from the U.S. in 15 
years. 

Congressional support for the bill en- 
couraged a new policy toward Ethiopia 
and Eritrea, which led to the resulting 
peace talks. 

In 1992, Bread for the World will con- 
tinue to work to bring about enactment 
of the Horn of Africa Recovery legisla- 
tion early in the year. It will also lobby 
Vcirious agencies within the administra- 
tion on the implementation of the bill's 
provisions and monitor the progress of 
that implementation. 

World Relief of the National Associa- 
tion of Evangelicals has also gone on 
record in support of this legislation. 



Latin America, India, and China to See 
Largest Response to the Gospel, Analyst Predicts 



A broad analysis of trends in world 
evangelization by the international 
director of the Lausanne Committee for 
World Evangelization predicts the 
largest response to the gospel between 
now and AD 2000 will be in Latin 
America, India, and China. 

Tom Houston of Oxford, England, 
believes that the greatest response to 
the gospel will be in Latin America, 
where 50 million new believers are an- 
ticipated. Currently members of FVotes- 
tant/Evangelical churches comprise 
about 11 percent of the population. 
Houston predicts that evangelical 
churches will continue to grow because 
of the biblical message and warm fel- 
lowships they provide. About 75 percent 
of the evangelicals are Pentecostal. 

Houston also forecasts fast growth of 
mega-churches like the Jotabeche 
church in Santiago, Chile, and the 
Vision of the Future church in Argen- 
tina. He says eight Assemblies of God 
churches in Brazil report memberships 
of 20,000 to 111,000. 

In India, Houston projects the pos- 
sibility of 40 million new Christian 
believers, or five percent of the popula- 
tion, if the Christian churches can re- 
spond to the barriers they face. "India 
has the people resources, the education 
in its leadership, and a great story of 
contributing to national development," 
Houston observes. 

Jamuary 1992 



In China, the phenomenal growth of 
Christianity will continue, but at a 
slower pace. Houston projects 30 million 
new believers in China, or three percent 
in 10 years. 

In post-Marxist republics of Eastern 
Europe and the former Soviet Union, 
Houston cites 18 trends and charac- 
teristics that could lead to as many as 
20 million people turning to Christ in 
the next 10 years. 

On the other hand, Houston predicts 
that the remarkable church growth of 
recent years in southern, eastern, and 
central Africa will level off during the 
last decade of the 20th century. He pro- 
jects a total of 1 1 million new believers 
in non-Islamic parts of Africa. 

He also forecasts little growth, and 
perhaps decline, of Christian churches 
in the Middle East between now and AD 
2000. 

Houston says that poverty and liter- 
acy are significant factors indicating 
where the gospel needs to be preached. 
Low literacy rates call for a strong focus 
on the spread of literacy and use of 
non-print media in Christian conununi- 
cation. 

He believes that Christians concerned 
about world evangelization should focus 
on the great blocks of resistant peoples, 
the greater openness to the gospel in 
light of the chsinging face of Commu- 
nism, the challenge of secularism, mi- 



gration, urbanization, poverty, injustice, 
corruption, and the mobilization of laity. 
He also urges Christians to focus on 
"the concept of all the people of God in 
one place having a total strategy for 
evangelizing the place where God has 
placed them that puts the churches and 
the parachurch organizations in joint 
harness as different expressions of the 
one people of God." 
— World Evangelization Information Service 



Relief Efforts Among Iraqi 
Refugees Result in Evangelism 



Relief work among Iraqi refugees in 
Jordan has resulted in an "unbeliev- 
able" response to the Christian gospel, 
according to a report from the World 
Evangelization Information Service. 

Iraqi refugees who fled to Jordan 
during the Persian Gulf war are becom- 
ing Christians as a result of relief efforts 
by the Christian and Missionary Alli- 
ance Church. 

At one special celebration meeting in 
Amman, the entire audience stood in 
response to the gospel message, and 
more than 250 adults, most of them 
Iraqis, made Christian commitments. 

"The response is absolutely unprece- 
dented and beyond our ability to fully 
believe," said Yousef Hashweh of the 
CAMA. "We will continue to reach out 
to these incredible needs and oppor- 
tunities," he added. 

An estimated 200,000 Iraqis now live 
in Jordan, with more arriving each day. 
Long-term development aid is needed in 
addition to immediate relief. 

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A Call to Prayer and Fasting 



January 25, 1992 

A 12-year-old boy in Seville, Ohio, has taken 
it upon himself to issue a call for an interna- 
tional day of prayer and fasting for revival. 
Without the initial backing of national or inter- 
national organizations or church leaders other 
than his parents and his local pastor, he has 
sent over 1,000 letters to church leaders in 
over 70 countries calling for a day of prayer 

He was inspired by the Welsh Revival 
of the early 1900s that began with one 
man's burden for prayer . . . leading 
first to Welsh coal miners coming to 
the Lord, later to great advances in 
missionary outreach, perhaps even to 
an early end to World War I. 

In recognition of this young boy's 
faith and spiritual insight, I add my sup- 
port by issuing a call to Brethren per- 
sons and congregations to observe a day of 
prayer and fasting on January 25. No specific 
program is suggested; each person and each 
congregation may observe this day in a way that seems 
most appropriate. 

But please pray for revival: 

• in \;our own life 

• in i)our local church 

• in i;our community 

• in The Brethren Church 

• in our nation 

• in the world 

In our generation, we have not yet known either 
the great power of prayer or the impact of 
widespread revival. May this be a beginning! 

-Ronald W. Waters 

Director of Brethren Church Ministries 

The Brethren Church 




Pray for Revival! 



J> -.-i A. 



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Godliness with contentment is great gain. 



"Put on the Whole Armor" 

By Marlin McCann, the 1992 General Conference Moderator. 



THE GENERAL CONFERENCE 
theme this year is "Put on the 
Whole Armor," taken from Ephesians 
6: 10-20. The Scriptures are clear about 
the force of evil in the world when it 
records in Ephesians 6:12 (niv): "For 
our struggle is not against flesh and 
blood, but against the rulers, against the 
authorities, against the powers of this 
dark world and against the spiritual 
forces of evil in the heavenly realms." 

Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ 
know the reality of Satan and his f)ower 
in the world. His evil presence is 
evidenced by the proliferation of printed 
materials, movies, videos, and games 
dealing with the occult. 

Just last month (January) a dismem- 
bered body was found in a wooded area 
near Auburn, hid., the result of a satanic 
ritualistic killing. The man accused of 
this killing has also been charged with a 
slaying near Wauseon, Ohio. 

Satan's strategy is to destroy us. One 
of his names is Destroyer. Everything 
God has made is beautiful. There is per- 
fection, grace, and orderliness. But Satan 
takes delight in mangling, smashing, 
twisting, and mutilating our bodies and 
souls. He never builds up — there is 
nothing positive about Satan. He wants 
to take away everything that is precious. 
He is our enemy and wants to defeat us! 

Satan's tactics 

Satan uses many tactics to accom- 
plish this. In the Garden of Eden he said 
to Eve, "Has God really said that you 
can't eat of the fruit of this tree?" At 
that point Eve began to doubt the very 
word of God. Satan wants to undermine 
God's character and credibility by caus- 
ing us to doubt God's power, faithful- 
ness, grace, forgiveness, mercy, and 
love. These kinds of doubts come from 
Satan. 

He tries to confuse us with false 
doctrine. Paul told the Ephesians to "be 
built up ... in the faith . . . and become 
mature ... [so that] we will no longer 
be infants, tossed back and forth by the 
waves, and blown here and there by 



every wind of teaching and by the cun- 
ning and craftiness of men in their 
deceitful scheming" (4:12-14, niv). 
There are many false cults of "good peo- 
ple" waiting to snare the weak Christian 
who is not firmly rooted and grounded 
in God's word and in solid doctrine. 

Satan causes division in the church. 
Have you ever been in a church fight? 
What did you fight over? The kind of 
meat in the Communion meal sandwich? 
The moving of an attendance board? 
The style of worship — whether to use 
hymns or choruses? Or was it a fight 
over a major doctrine? 

Most of these fights are over trivial 
matters; seldom are they over major 
doctrines. The pastor or deacon or 
someone else gets blamed for it, when it 
was probably Satan behind it, causing 
division and defeat. 

Some marvelous equipment 

These are some of the direct, confron- 
tational tactics Satan uses to destroy us. 
But God has given us some marvelous 
equipment with which to fight the at- 
tacks of Satan. Ephesians 6:10-18 says: 

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in 
his mighty power. Put on the full 
armor of God so that you can take 
your stand against the devil's 
schemes. For our struggle is not 
against flesh and blood, but against 
the rulers, against the authorities, 
against the powers of this dark world 
and against the spiritual forces of 
evil in the heavenly realms. There- 
fore put on the hill armor of God, so 
that when the day of evil comes, you 
may be able to stand your ground, 
and after you have done everything, 
to stand. Stand firm then, with the 

(1) belt of truth buckled around 
your waist, with the 

(2) breastplate of righteousness in 
place, and with your 

(3) feet fitted with the readiness that 
comes from the gospel of peace. In 
addition to all this, take up the 

(4) shield of faith, with which you 
can extinguish all the flaming arrows 
of the evil one. Take the 

(5) helmet of salvation and the 



(6) sword of the spirit, which is the 
word of God. And 

(7) pray in the spirit on all occasions 
with all kinds of prayers and re- 
quests. With this in mind, be alert 
and always keep on praying for all 
the saints. 

(NIV; numbers and bold face added) 

These seven pieces of armor divide 
naturally into two groups — the first 
three and the last four. The first three 
pieces are already part of the armor of 
the Christian. Notice: 
— having girded or buckled our loins/ 

waist with truth, 
— having put on the breastplate of 

righteousness, 
— having shod our feet with the gospel 

of peace, 
we are already prepared for battle. 

The second division says take up at 
the present moment, in addition to the 
above: 

— the shield of faith, 
— the helmet of salvation, 
— the sword of the spirit, which is the 

word of God, and 
—pray. 

Put on Christ 

What Paul is really saying is that we 
must put on Christ. We must be clothed 
in Jesus Christ. Let Him totally surround 
us with His presence so that we might 
be victorious over Satan. 

My intent in this article is not to 
develop each of these pieces of armor. I 
will leave much of that to Rev. Leith 
Anderson, our General Conference 
speaker. But I do want us to be aware 
that we are not helpless in our battle 
with Satan. I want us to surround our- 
selves in prayer, which is the foundation 
for all our warfare. 

Perhaps this prayer, found in a store 
window, will be meaningful to us: 

A prayer to be said when the world 
has gotten you down, and you feel 
rotten, and you're too doggone tired 
to pray, and you're in a big hurry 
and besides you're mad at everybody. 
"HELP!" [t] 

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Features 

"Put on the Whole Armor" by Moderator Marlin McCann 2 

Our General Conference theme reminds us that God has given us some 
marvelous equipment with which to fight the attacks of Satan. 

Temptation: What the Devil Hopes to Accomplish 4 

by Mark R. Littleton 

When we understand the consequences of yielding to sin, we may be 

more motivated to resist Satan's lies. 

The New Senior: Redefining Senior Adults 6 

by Win and Charles Arn 

If churches are to reach the rapidly growing ntmiber of senior adults, 

they need to understand who they are and then program accordingly. 

Strengthening the Tie That Binds by Randy Saultz 8 

Questions and answers about the structure and purpose of share groups 
in the church. 

How to Treat a Visitor by Sam E. Stone 10 

A recent survey indicates that the way we've been doing it may be 
wrong. 



Ministry Pages: Outreach . . . In Word and Deed 

Passing On the Promise 11 
Church Relations: Outward and Inward Focus 13 
Being Socially Responsible is Outreach Too! 14 


Departments 

Cartoon 
Update 


Children's Page 

10 by Jackie Rhoades 

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About the Cover 

For those of us who live in the north, February can be a gray and depress- 
ing month, as winter hangs on and we long for spring. But if we are walking 
with the Lord and content in Him, His love will provide a warm glow to our 
lives even on the grayest of days. 



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What the Devil Hopes to Accomplish 



By Mark R. Littleton 



THE DEVIL has a multitude of tricks 
in his bag of temptations. He longs 
to destroy believers so that their witness 
for the Lord becomes ineffective, their 
confidence in Him is decimated, and 
their ability to trust HLm is destroyed. 

Indeed, Satan has very precise plans 
for all of us who claim to walk with 
Christ. By leading us into sin, he ac- 
complishes far more than making us feel 
guilty. What does he achieve? Let us ex- 
amine his intentions, for as we reckon 
with where he plans to take us, we may 
be more motivated to resist when he 
tells us one of his lies. 

1. Sin keeps us from growing and 
learning to discern. Hebrews 5:13-14 
reminds us that practicing righteousness 
trains us "to discern good and evil." It is 
not just knowing the word of God that 
helps us grow; practicing it nurtures the 
attitudes, habits, and lifestyle that en- 
able us to perceive God's will in the 
murky situations of life. 

Sin fastens blinders to our eyes. It 
confuses and upsets us. Ultimately, it 
paves the path to more foolish and sin- 
ful decisions. We cease to grow and 
develop as God-honoring Christians. 

Submerged Christians 

Have you ever visited a lake and 
noticed submerged pieces of wood on 
the bottom? Wood floats, doesn't it? So 
how did it end up on the bottom? It be- 
came waterlogged. Immersed in the lake 
over a long period of time, the wood 
became so completely saturated with 
water that it finally sank. 

The devil's strategy calls for leading 

Mr. Littleton is a free-lance Chris- 
tian writer who lives in Hunt Valley, 
Md. This article is condensed from his 
book, Battle Ready, published by Victor 
Books last month (January). 

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us into sin, turning that sin into a habit, 
and finally sinking us through guilt and 
remorse. He turns us into submerged 
Christians, out of touch with life at the 
surface. 

2. Sin will keep us from gaining 
God's true riches. As Moses grew up in 
Pharaoh's palace, he learned of his 
Hebrew heritage. As the adopted son of 
Pharaoh's daughter, he possessed every 
advantage and benefit. But he rejected it 
all in order to identify himself with the 
people of God. 

Sin's transient pleasure 

Hebrews 11:24-26 confirms the prin- 
ciple: "By faith Moses, when he had 
grown up, refused to be known as the 
son of Pharaoh's daughter. He chose to 
be mistreated along with the people of 
God rather than to enjoy the pleasures 
of sin for a short time. He regarded dis- 
grace for the sake of Christ as of greater 
value than the treasures of Egypt, be- 
cause he was looking ahead to his 
reward" (niv). 

Notice what Moses rejected: "the 
pleasures of sin for a short time." In 
other words, the Bible recognizes that 
sin is pleasurable; but that pleasure 
passes — quickly. 

Look also at what Moses sought: "his 
reward." Real riches come through 
obeying and loving God, not through 
abandoning yourself to sin. Satan's lie 
continues today: "Follow me, and I will 
give you pleasures galore. Follow God, 
and you'll gain nothing but pain." Once 
the first rush of pleasure passes, how- 
ever, sin bestows none of the true riches 
of life, only guilt, disillusionment, 
destruction, and death. 

3. Sin will lead us into a condition of 
spiritual and possibly physical death. In 
I Corinthians 11:30, Paul notes that 
many of the Christians at Corinth were 



"weak and sick" and a number were 
dead. Why? Because of sin. Satan's 
realm is the realm of death. Only there 
can he experience a semblance of 
pleasure. Leading us into sin unleashes 
the degraded joy he longs for. Our 
spiritual death and desf)ondency is his 
f)erverted victory over God. 

Death is a condition of separation. For 
the Christian, sin imposes a kind of 
death: a rift in our fellowship with God. 
We cease to experience His goodness 
and presence. He seems distant, imcar- 
ing, even an enemy who convicts and 
harangues us for our offenses. Through 
temptation, Satan separates good friends 
— the Christian and God. 

4. Sin keeps us from choosing the 
things that are excellent Paul informed 
the Philippians that he prayed that their 
"love may abound more and more in 
knowledge and depth of insight, so that 
you may be able to discern what is best 
and may be pure and blameless until the 
day of Christ . . ." (Phil. 1:9-10, niv). 

Knowing the best 

Dr. Howard Hendricks, professor 
emeritus at Dallas Theological Sem- 
inary, used to tell his classes, "The prob- 
lem in knowing God's will for the 
Christian is not knowing the difference 
between what is right and what is ' 
wrong. That's often rather simple. 
Rather it's discerning the difference be- i 
tween what is good and what is better, 
and between what is better and what is ; 
best." Deliberating between black and 
white poses little difficulty. It's the 
white, the off-white, and the cream that 
stymie us. What is best for us, and how 
do we find it? 

Sin will cloud the issue. It drags a fog 
into our mind and shrouds our spiritual 
eyes in mist. We grope about, unable to 
choose the best in life. We opt for those 

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"Satan's realm is the realm of death. Only there can he 
experience a semblance of pleasure. Leading us into sin 
unleashes the degraded joy he longs for." 



things which might be good, but which 
fail to yield the true riches. 

5. Committing sin can cause us to 
lead others astray. Paul concluded his 
words on the descent of man in Romans 1 
with the saddest truth of all. As we slip 
into the slime, we love nothing more 
than pulling a few others down with us. 
Romans 1:32 says, "Although they 
know God's righteous decree that those 
who do such things deserve death, they 
not only continue to do these very 
things but also approve of those who 
practice them" (niv). 

Even Christians do it 

Even Christians fall into such be- 
havior. One man I know refuses to obey 
speed limits and even uses a radar 
detection device he calls a "Fuzz- 
buster." On a few occasions I've lis- 
tened to his hearty speeches on how 
effective and helpful his copper-stopjjer 
is. I thought at one point to mention that 
such behavior might rank as sin. But in- 
stead, I actually considered buying a 
radar detection device myself. Because 
he did it, I felt it might be all right. 

Similarly, a man I interviewed had re- 
fused to drink alcohol for years. But 
then he noticed a number of Christian 
friends who enjoyed their beer and 
cocktails, and for that reason he decided 
to try drinking. In a matter of months, 
he became enmeshed in a habit of 
having a beer whenever it was offered. 
Convicted about it, he stopped. He real- 
ized how susceptible he was to the ex- 
ample of other Christians. When we see 
people practicing something we might 
consider off limits, it's much easier to 
give in, even against reason, biblical 
statements, and long-established tradi- 
tion and opinion. 

6. Finally, giving in to sin leads us to 
tolerate other sin in our midst. The 
Corinthians involved themselves in a 
number of sins, including forming 
cliques and factions, taking one another 
to court, getting drunk at the Lord's 
Supper, using temple prostitutes, and 

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rejecting the truth of the resurrection. 
But Paul denounced them most for their 
toleration of incest between a member 
and his father's second wife. The fact 
was, they proudly advertised their views 
on this issue. In effect, their own guilt 
and sinfulness led them to condone all 
other forms of sin. 

At this time, I know of a Bible-believ- 
ing church where a member of the elder 
board, a woman, is conducting an affair 
with a former pastor. Another church in- 
cludes a member who is known as "the 
most corrupt lawyer in town." 

Why do such things go on? Because 
Christians won't confront the sin out- 
right. And why is this? Often it's be- 
cause to speak out against sin might 
arouse other people who will point to 
our own ugly blemishes. 

One of Aesop's Fables features a fox 
who, upon seeing a lion for the first 
time, was so terrified that he nearly 
died. The second time he met the lion he 
quaked, but he managed to disguise his 
fear and to pass by quickly without a 
cry. The third time he saw the lion, 
however, he felt so bold that he bounded 
up to the beast and asked him how he 
did! Aesop's moral is, of course, 
"Familiarity breeds contempt." 

In the spiritual realm, toleration of sin 
breeds multiplication of sin. Paul told 
the Corinthians that "bad company cor- 
rupts good morals" (15:33, nasb) and "a 
little leaven leavens the whole lump of 
dough" (5:6, nasb). Satan knows that 
getting one to sin will affect others. In 
this way, he can destroy a whole con- 
gregation's witness and fellowship. 

The Devil's Plan 

Leading a Christian into sin enables 
the devil to achieve many low and dirty 
goals. Ultimately, he believes he can 
foil and foul God's plan beyond re- 
demption. 

Fortunately, scripture reveals that he 
can't do this. God's purpose will never 
be overturned by Satan, no matter how 
hard he huffs and puffs. God can still 



work for good in the midst of the most 
destructive sins (Rom. 8:28). But this 
does not mean that God will lift the con- 
sequences of our crimes. 

Years ago. Dr. Haddon Robinson 
spoke of a friend of his who served and 
ministered in a large, effective church. 
The pastor was tempted and led into 
adultery. It destroyed his marriage, 
family life, and ministry. Dr. Robinson 
asked the man at one point, "What can I 
carry back to the young men at sem- 
inary? What should I tell them about 
your experience?" 

Through tearful eyes, the former pas- 
tor said, "Tell them this: when you 
cease to walk with God, you walk on 
the edge of an abyss." 

Walk with God 

Every one of Satan's grand plans is 
squashed by one basic truth of scripture: 
when we walk with God, we can never 
stumble so as to destroy our lives. David 
wrote in Psalm 37:23-24: "The Lord 
delights in the way of the man whose 
steps he has made firm; though he 
stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord 
upholds him with his hand" (niv). 

The words of Jude are another potent 
assurance: "Now to Him who is able to 
keep you from stumbling, and to make 
you stand in the presence of His glory 
blameless with great joy . . ." (Jude 24, 

NASB). 

As we walk with the Lord, the results 
of sin become figments of the devil's 
imagination. When we fall — and we 
will — we aren't hurled headlong into 
space to be dashed upon sharp, unyield- 
ing rocks. Rather, our Lord holds us, 
firm and stable. We trust that He will 
lead us through. 

So long as we have that outlook and 
that attitude, the devil can claim no 
power over us. He can whisper his 
taunts and sling his fiery balls of 
temptation, but nothing can permanently 
fell lis. 

Yet, cease to walk with God, and we 
walk on the edge of an abyss. [f] 




The New Senior: 

Redefining Senior Adults 



THE STATISTICS are mind-bog- 
gling! . . . 

• The number of people in the United 
States over 65 is larger than the entire 
population of Canada! 

• This "senior citizen" population group 
is growing at a rate three times faster 
than the rest of the U.S. population! 

• Of every dollar spent for consumer 
goods in the United States, 41 cents is 
spent by older adults! 

• Two-thirds of all the people who have 
ever lived to age 65 are alive today! 
America is rapidly aging! And social 

scientists are convinced that this popula- 
tion shift will soon produce the biggest 
social revolution in American history! 
"It's going to be of a significance that 

Win Am is president of L.I.F.E. In- 
ternational of Monrovia, Calif, an or- 
ganization devoted to helping churches 
understand and minister to persons 50 
years old and older. Charles Am is 
editor of LIFELINE newsletter, pub- 
lished by L.I.F.E. International. 



matches the 
dawn of the in- 
dustrial age or 
the invention 
of the micro- 
chip," says Ken 
Dy chtwald, 
author of the 
popular book. 
Age Wave. 
Yet unlike young- 
er generations such 
as "baby boomers" 
(bom t)etween 1946 
-1964)^ or "baby 
busters" (born be- 
tween 1965-1984),^ 
whose generations tend to 
exhibit many similar 
characteristics, defining 
common traits of those 
bom between 1900-1940 
■^ is more difficult. Indeed, no other 
age-grouped generation Ln today's 
American demography is quite as 
diverse in attitude or behavior. 

A diverse group of people 

It has not always been this way. For 
most, if not all, previous generations of 
"senior citizens," there have been intui- 
tive generalizations that defined most of 
these persons. Churches could offer a 
"senior adult" Sunday school class with 
general assurance that everyone in this 
age grouping could find a place. But 
with "the age of extended longevity," 

'in "Catch the Age Wave," by Michael 
Maren. Success, October 1991, p. 54. 

Much has been written on character- 
istics of the "baby boom" generation and 
the implications they bring to churches 
that desire to reach them. One of the 
most helpful books in this field is The 
Missing Generation by Robert Bast 
(Church Growth, Inc., 1921 S. Myrtle, 
Monrovia, CA 91016). 

See articles such as 'Twenty Some- 
thing" Time, July 16, 1990; "What 25 
Year Olds?" Fortune, August 27, 1990. 

*Live Long & Love It video, produced 
by L.I.F.E. International. 



By Win and Charles Arn 



older Americans are emerging as an in- 
creasingly large and diverse group of 
people. 

For those of us in the church, the "age 
wave" presents the special challenge of 
developing new strategies to reach these 
men and women. The programs and 
ministries for the persons in this age 
group now require far greater wisdom 
than was spent on "senior citizens" of 
previous generations. 

Understanding "New Seniors" 

As we have studied the mosaic that 
comprises this generation, one new and 
particularly interesting sub-group stands 
out. It is what we call the "New Senior." 
Understanding the characteristics which 
define this large (and rapidly growing) 
sub-group of older Americans is impor- 
tant for the church. Pastors and church 
leaders who desire effective outreach to 
persons in their community over 50 
years of age will discover that the pat- 
terns of ministry and patterns of think- 
ing which may have been used in the 
past will be ineffective with the New 
Seniors today. 

Not all people who have passed their 
50th birthday are "New Seniors." New 
Seniors are different from their peers — 
and they are different from the common 
stereotypes associated with senior 
citizens — in activities, attitudes, and in 
their approach to life. U.S. News and 
World Report underscores that point: 
"What is important about this new 
generation is its difference, not only in 
size, but in vitality and outlook." 

Unfortunately, most pastors and 
churches continue to organize and struc- 
ture their senior adult ministry and out- 
reach programs on traditional senior 
adult stereotypes. Present groups of 
senior adults in most churches are not 
attractive to the New Seniors. And the 
probability of such churches reaching 

David Gergen, "Sixtysomething: Part 
I," U.S. News & World Report (April 16, 
1990), p. 64. 

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"Those churches that intentionally provide opportunities for New 
Seniors to fulfill their goals, objectives, and dreams will be the 
churches able to reach this new and growing number of people for 
Jesus Christ and His Church . " 



the increasingly large numbers of un- 
churched New Senior adults is almost 
non-existent. 

Distinguishing qualities 

What are the qualities that define and 
distinguish New Seniors from their 
more traditional contemporaries, and 
what are their implications for churches 
desiring to broaden their ministries to 
these persons? 

New Seniors enjoy going out. The ex- 
periences of life that are yet to be had 
— locally or out of town — call New 
Seniors to a much more active lifestyle 
than their traditional counterparts. Con- 
sequently, New Seniors tend to have 
less time at home and less time avail- 
able for long-term commitments to 
church activities. 

New Seniors have goals they want to 
accomplish. Some of their goals are 
directed toward social issues, other 
goals are self-fulfillment. New seniors 
have a clear sense of what they want to 
accomplish. As a result, church activ- 
ities that are not goal-directed or that 
have no apparent purpose beyond "busy 
work" or passing time will not attract 
New Seniors. In contrast, church pro- 
grams that provide a means through 
which New Seniors can accomplish the 
goals they believe to be meaningful will 
find much interest and involvement. 

New Seniors would rather serve 
others than be served. One of the great 
insights of life has been discovered by 
New Seniors. They have learned that 
through giving one gains in far greater 
measure than through selfishly seeking. 
New Seniors seek out opportunities for 
sharing their wisdom of years and 
giving to others what life has given to 
them. Church programs that allow par- 
ticipants to meaningfully give time, ef- 
fort, money, and energy will attract New 
Seniors. 

New Seniors eat nutritionally and ex- 
ercise regularly. New Seniors hold their 
physical bodies in great esteem and care 
for them as conscientiously as any other 
valuable property they own. Churches 
that exemplify little or no concern for 
the "temple" of God (1 Cor. 6:19) imply 
to New Seniors that they expect the 

February 1992 



bodies of older adults to become frail 
and useless. Churches that, in contrast 
help individuals understand and care for 
the body God has given them will at- 
tract New Seniors to their ranks. 

New Seniors feel 10 to 20 years 
younger than their numerical age. Ask 
any person over 50 how old he or she 
feels and then how old he or she actual- 
ly is. If the former is significantly less 
than the latter, you are probably in the 
presence of a New Senior. Not only 
does their behavior reflect their ap- 
proach to life, but their self-image does 
as well. Churches that have only one 
senior adult group or class comprised of 
"traditional senior adults" who feel as 
old as they look will not attract New 
Seniors. Churches with groups and 
classes that offer activities commen- 
surate with persons 10 to 20 years 
younger than the actual age of the class 
will be much more successful in out- 
reach to such persons. 

New Seniors have a sustaining faith 
and hope in the future. New Seniors 
believe that some of their best days are 
still ahead of them. They spend their 
leisure time talking and planning for 
tomorrow rather than rehearsing and 
recalling yesterday. Churches seeking to 
reach New Seniors will plan many and 
varied activities that imply that the fu- 
ture is bright and the opportunities are 
many. 

Relationships are important 

New Seniors can identify six or more 
supportive friends. Another one of the 
great insights that New Seniors have 
discovered is the therapeutic and 
regenerative value of relationships. 
People are, to the New Senior, the most 
stabilizing ingredient in an often incon- 
gruous life. New Seniors go out of their 
way to be with, enjoy, help, and learn 
from people. Churches are therefore 
wise to build strongly on a focus of 
creating and extending the interrelation- 
ship between people — both within and 
across generational lines. 

New Seniors are often part of groups 
that share common interest and/or con- 
cerns. The power of numbers attracts 
many New Seniors to join and par- 



ticipate in organizations that reflect their 
own interests. Such groups may have a 
common cause of compassion, service, 
or support. But their common denom- 
inator is "action." Churches intent on 
reaching New Seniors do well to iden- 
tify common needs/concems/interests 
among that group in their community, 
and then program and communicate ac- 
cordingly. 

New Seniors have a sense of humor. 
The spectrum of experiences which life 
presents is understood in context and 
can often be laughed at. New Seniors 
know that life goes on ... it has for the 
decades of their own life and will con- 
tinue when they move on. New Seniors 
do not let the frustrations or setbacks of 
life take away their larger perspective 
... or their ability to laugh. Churches, 
also, can exemplify this approach to life 
and aging by bringing the health and 
healing of humor into their programs 
and activities. 

A new view of retirement 

New Seniors view retirement as a 
time for work, study, service, and play. 
The assumption of New Seniors is that 
retirement is not the opportunity to stop 
work, but rather the opportunity to start 
a new life. And this new life, for the 
New Senior, is an opportunity to do 
many new things, to learn many new in- 
sights, to go many new places, to sup- 
port many new causes, to meet many 
new people. Senior adult church pro- 
gramming that assumes retirees desire 
only frivolity and play miscalculates on 
a critical assumption concerning the 
conclusion of work years. These church- 
es must program for retirement years 
that are stimulating and challenging, and 
speak to issues of importance to New 
Seniors. 

In summary, New Seniors are distin- 
guished from their peers in their outlook 
on life and in the way that outlook is 
manifested in their activities, their at- 
titudes, their overall approach to life. 

We are seeing more and more New 
Seniors on television programs and 
commercials, in newspaper and maga- 
zine ads, in films, in RV caravans, at 
(continued on page 9) 



Strengthening the Tie That Binds 

Rev. Randy Saultz, who oversees share groups at the Ashland Park Street 
Brethren Church, answers questions about the share-group ministry. 



Last month's Evangelist carried the 
first of several articles on four courses 
of action approved by General Con- 
ference delegates last August as a 
means of implementing a recommenda- 
tion from Moderator James Sluss that 
"Brethren seek to develop a greater at- 
titude of dependence upon the Lord 
and interdependence upon one another, 
as well as a greater desire for outreach 
in the demonstration of the faith to 
others." (See "A Habit Worth Having" 
on pages 6- 7 of the January issue.) 

The second course of action approved 
by Conference delegates was: " — A 
commitment to other believers through 
a small group Bible study/share group 
and/or through mutual accountability 
to one or two other persons on a weekly 
or bi-weekly basis." 

One person who knows a lot about 
share groups is Rev. Randy Saultz, as- 
sociate pastor of Park Street Brethren 
Church in Ashland, Ohio. One of 
Randy's several areas of responsibility 
at Park Street is the church's share- 
group ministry. He oversees the present 
nine share groups, promotes the 
development of new groups, and en- 
courages more people to become in- 
volved in these groups. 

In order to learn more about share 
groups, we asked Randy a series of 
questions. Here are the questions and 
his answers: 

Randy, perhaps the place to begin 
is with the question, "What is a share 
group?" 

RS There does not need to be any 
one definition for a "share group." 
My experience has been that a small 
group that meets together on a 
regular basis will develop a group 
personality that may be unlike any 
other small group. Nonetheless, a 
share group remains a spiritual jour- 
ney. It can be an experience that 
encourages spiritual disciplines, ac- 
countability, and relationships with 
other believers. 

How often do these groups meet? 



8 



RS Once a week seems to work best 
in my experience. However, I have 
known of groups that met effectively 
on a bi-weekly or even a monthly 
schedule. What is most important is 
that the group meet on a regular 
basis. 

Where are the meetings usually 
held? 

RS The groups meet in homes of lay 
people who are involved in the 
share-group ministry. This works 
best because of the atmosphere 
provided by a home. It is a non- 
threatening environment and 
provides a valuable opportunity for 
people to exercise the gift of 
hospitality. 

Meeting in a home also allows 
ownership to form in the group. This 
is important since the ongoing min- 
istry of a share group is the respon- 
sibility of those within the group. 
The early church must have enjoyed 
the benefits of meeting together in 
first century homes. 

How large are these groups.? 

RS We make an attempt to keep 
our share groups small (8 to 14 
people). But occasionally a group 
will develop a very evangelistic per- 
sonality and grow beyond that. 

Usually we think bigger is better. 
Why do you want to keep share 
groups small? 

RS It is important for today's 
church to allow people to really get 
to know one another. To become 
more than merely acquaintances, 
people must interact with one 
another on a consistent basis. Many 
times a larger group does not pro- 
vide an opportunity for this. As 
people gather together regularly in 
the share group, its small size will 
help them to share with one another 
freely. As cohesiveness develops. 



trust in one another deepens, and 
people begin to feel more a part of 
the church. 

What happens, then, if a group gets 
too large? 

RS There are several options when 
this occurs. The main thing we try to 
emphasize is that whatever happens 
should be a group decision. The per- 
sons involved are the ones directly 
affected by the situation. 

One option is for the one group to 
divide into two separate groups. But 
this does not occur often. More often, 
someone will volunteer to leave one 
group and begin another. This has 
been effective in our local situation. 

Yet these are not the only options. 
Recently one of our share groups of 
18 people temporarily divided into a 
group of nine females meeting in one 
room and a group of nine males 
meeting in another. But the main 
thing to be emphasized regarding 
size is that group members continue 
to benefit from the ministry. 

What usually takes place at a share- 
group meeting? 

RS A share-group meeting does not 
need to have a particular agenda. 
Most groups, however, do include a 
time for sharing concerns and 
praises; an opportunity for tes- 
timony; a time of study; and a time 
of prayer together. The study time 
may be led by a group member, a 
guest speaker, or a video tape. 

In our groups we also try to en- 
courage social events. Perhaps a 
game night in the home of the host 
family; a concert; or anything else 
the group members might enjoy 
doing together. 

You mentioned a time of sharing 
concerns. Can you expand on this a 
little? What kind of concerns are 
shared, and how is this handled? 

The Brethren Evangeust 



"A share group provides a person an opportunity to develop and nurture 
relationships in a non-threatening environment, but one in which 
Christ is Lord. " 



RS I believe that the church is 
responsible to hear one another's 
concerns. As a group grows together, 
more intimate concerns will be 
shared. One group recently made it 
a priority to begin the meeting time 
with this kind of sharing. 

Concerns that have been shared 
cover a broad range. Some people 
struggle with the question, "What is 
God's will for mq/us at this time?" 
Others ask for prayer regarding job 
situations, ill health, or temptations 
that they may face. Others even 
"blow ofr the stress they may feel 
from any of the above situations or 
from having had a hectic day. 

I know of many intimate and vul- 
nerable details that have been 
shared within this ministry, and 
they have been received in confi- 
dence and love. This is another of 
the wonderful benefits of small- 
group ministry. The group literally 
becomes care-givers for one another. 
Of course, each person in the group 
can share or choose not to share as 
he or she feels comfortable. 

What do you see as the main pur- 
poses of a share group? 

RS In my opinion, there are many 
purposes for share groups. It is im- 
portant to hold one another respon- 
sible and accountable for the 
priorities of our faith. It is also a 
time for Bible study and prayer, 
which are too often neglected in our 
daily lives. But most important, a 
share group provides a person an op- 



portunity to develop and nurture 
relationships in a non-threatening 
environment, but one in which 
Christ is Lord. The share-group min- 
istry, if properly utilized, is the best 
tool for assimilating people that the 
church has available. 

With all the problems and tempta- 
tions in the world, it is sometimes 
pretty difficult to live the Christian 
life. How do share groups help out 
here? 

RS We certainly live in a world of 
struggle. In such a world, it is en- 
couraging to be a part of a caring 
community like that which a share 
group is able to provide. When 
believers are able to lean on one 
another for support, it certainly 
makes a rough course smoother. A 
share group enables a person to live 
the Christian life more effectively 
through the study of scripture with 
others who are strugglers in the 
modern world. 

One recent small group study 
reminded us that when life is a mis- 
match, God is there. He is the One a 
share-group ministry must point to. 
The reality of the situation is that 
we cannot do it alone. We cannot do 
it even as a small group assembled 
together. We can make it through 
this mismatch called life only by 
total dependence on God. 

Are share groups only for church 
members, or can others attend? 

Share groups are not special-inter- 



est groups and do not carry stipula- 
tions such as "Church members 
only." In fact, the new or potential 
church-attender is the main target 
for a share group. Upon meeting a 
new person, some share group 
leaders immediately ask themselves 
the question, "How can we involve 
this person in a share group?" As I 
mentioned above, a share group is a 
wonderful way to reach out and in- 
clude new persons in the life of the 
church in a non-threatening way. 

Finally, Randy, if someone in the 
church asked you, "Why should I be 
part of a share group?" what would 
you tell that person? 

RS It is my conviction that all be- 
lievers ought to be involved in the 
life of the body of Christ. Not only 
that, but all should be a part of min- 
istry within that body. Share groups 
provide many opportunities for such 
ministry. 

For the person with a desire to 
share the word with others, this is 
your chance! For the person gifted in 
administration, what an oppor- 
tunity! For the hospitable person, 
open up your home! For those with 
the gift of friendship, get to know 
your fellow believers! For the person 
who is interested in the nitty-gritty 
ongoing life of the church, you may 
find your role in small-group minis- 
try. The share-group ministry pro- 
vides the church a very practical 
way to demonstrate an integration 
of word and life. [f] 



The New Senior 

(continued from page 7) 
service centers, on bicycle paths, and in health clubs. 

New Seniors have rejected the world's stereotypes and im- 
ages of the "senior citizen." They view the future as a time 
of "harvest," versus the beginning of "winter." 

While the traditional senior has often been characterized 
as rigid, critical, and demanding, the New Senior is usually 
flexible, loving, and giving. Whereas some traditional 
seniors recoil from the setbacks life serves up, the New 
Senior takes the "lemons" from life and serves up 
lemonade. The energy level of traditional seniors seems 
often like a dead battery in January; New Seniors endeavor 
to muster and focus available energy and strengthen the 



capacity of their physical bodies to seek out the joys life 
has to offer. The traditional senior is often hope-less; the 
New Senior is often hope-full. 

New Seniors who are Christians recognize an oppor- 
tunity to serve Christ and the church, to make a contribu- 
tion through their experience, their skills, their knowledge, 
their energy, and the resources they have developed in life. 
Fulfilling that dream is a motivating challenge. 

Perhaps most importantly for the church. New Seniors 
hold the key to a new view of aging for the church and for 
America. Those churches that intentionally provide oppor- 
tunities for New Seniors to fulfill their goals, objec- 
tives, and dreams will be the churches able to reach this 
new and growing number of people for Jesus Christ and 
His Church. [f] 



February 1992 



How to Treat a Visitor 




WISE CHURCH LEADERS will 
take a lesson from a survey done 
by George Bama. The Bama Research 
Group recently interviewed more than 
900 unchurched people to learn their 
reactions to different ways that a church 
might treat newcomers. 

The least popular ways are, unfor- 
tunately, some of the most common: 
asking newcomers to stand, raise their 
hands, or identify themselves in some 
other way while sitting in a service. 

Only 23 percent of the people ques- 
tioned said they would like a church 
they were visiting to do such things; 64 
percent said they would not like it, in- 
cluding 47 percent who said they would 
dislike it very much! Wearing nametags 
was also frowned on by 63 percent of 
those polled. 

Bama explains, "The problem with 
such approaches is that they put a sprat- 
light on people who would like to be 
anonymous, at least at first." 

Follow the Golden Rule 

A part of the secret in welcoming 
visitors is found in the Golden Rule. 

Mr. Stone is editor of Christian Stand- 
ard magazine, and this article ap- 
peared as an editorial in the June 30, 
1991, issue of that publication. It is 
being reprinted here at the request of 
the Worship Commission of The Breth- 
ren Church. The article is copyrighted 
by Christian Standard and is re printed 
with permision. 



By Sam E. Stone 

How would you want to be treated in a 
strange place? If you were unfamiliar 
with the traditions there and didn't 
know any of the people, would you like 
to be singled out in a way that might 
embarrass you? Neither would your 
visitors! 

There are non-threatening ways to en- 
courage visitors to return, however. One 
is providing them with written informa- 
tion about the church — 74 jjercent said 
they would like this. Receiving a thank- 
you letter from the minister during the 
week after their visit was rated f)ositive- 
ly by 70 jjercent; 67 percent had posi- 



tive feelings about members' approach- 
ing them after the service to greet them 
individually. 

Bama concludes that visitors like to 
receive some special attention without 
being identified as visitors. Churches 
can do this by providing literature in 
racks or a lobby table. "Try to promote 
an attitude whereby the 'regulars' seek 
to get to know anyone with whom they 
are not familiar, instead of just greeting 
the visitors," he adds. 

By following these principles, each of 
us can work to make our church "visitor 



friendly." 



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Identifying Visitors 

Someone might ask, "If you do not 
have visitors stand or raise their 
hands, how will the members and reg- 
ular attenders know who the visitors 
are (in order to greet them or for the 
sake of follow-up)?" 

This is not a problem in small con- 
gregations, where everyone knows 
nearly everyone else. But it can be a 
problem for larger congregations. 

One way some congregations iden- 
tify visitors is by asking everyone in 
the worship service to sign a register 
of worship form. During the service 
registration forms are passed through 
the pews, and worshipers are asked to 
write their names and addresses on 
the form, also Indicating by checking a 
box whether they are nnembers, regu- 
lar attenders, or visitors. Since every- 



one signs the form, visitors are not 
singled out and embarrassed. 

The registration form is usually 
passed from one end of the pew to the 
other, at which time everyone signs. 
Then the pad is returned to the end 
from which It was started. This gives 
those who so desire an opportunity to 
read the names of others In the pew. 
This provides members not only an 
opportunity to Identify visitors In the 
pew with them, but also a chance to 
see their names. They can then wel- 
come the visitors after the service, 
even calling them by name. 

The registration form also provides 
a record of the names and addresses 
of visitors, so that welcome cards or 
letters can be sent and, In some cases, 
follow-up visits made. 

Worship registration forms are avail- 
able from the Brethren National Office. 



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The Brethren Evangeust 



Outreach 




In Word and Deed 



Passing On \he Promise 



Empowered and encouraged by 
the Holy Spirit, believers model 
and proclaim good news to a 
dying world for the purpose of 
making disciples and building the 
church. 

from A Centennial Statement 

BRETHREN have always held 
that a faith worth having is a 
faith worth sharing. Early Breth- 
ren went to great lengths to com- 
municate their faith, both in words 
and in actions — even to the 
point of being persecuted for that 
faith. 

Rarely do 
we experience 
real persecu- 
tion for our 
faith. That 
may be be- 
cause our 
world is still 
fairly tolerant 
of Christian- 
ity. But it also 
may be due to 
our hesitancy 
to talk about 
and live out 
our faith. 

For the most 
part, Breth- 
ren people 
would agree 
with the im- 
portance of 
evangelism. If 
some Sunday 
you asked 
other Breth- 
ren to identify 
the primary 
purpose of the 
church, a 



large majority would give an 
answer that we might classify as 
evangelism. 

And many of us are familiar 
with biblical passages that deal 
with outreach — Matthew 28:18- 
20 (the Great Commission), Acts 
1:8 (Jesus' charge to His disciples 
before His ascension), Luke 19:10 
(Jesus' purpose to "seek and to 
save" the lost), John 20:21 ("as 
the Father has sent me . . ."), and 
Luke 15 (three parables on the 
lost), to name a few. 

The obstacle to more effective 
outreach as individuals and as 




Passsing On the Promise evangelism emphasis components: (1) Evangel- 
ism Leaders Academy, (2) Evangelism Discovery Events, (3) Friendship 
Evangelism Emphasis, (4) Congregational Self-Study, (5) Study/Action 
Units, and (6) Mutual Support and Accountability. 



Brethren congregations is not due 
to a misunderstanding of Jesus' 
purpose for His church. Instead, 
our lack of outreach may be at- 
tributed to two things: a lack of 
passion for the lost and/or a lack 
of knowledge of how to share our 
faith with confidence. 

The Brethren Church Evangel- 
ism and Church Growth Commis- 
sion cares about helping us 
regain a passion for the lost and 
seeks to enable us to learn how to 
be confident, equipped witnesses. 
To help us as individuals and as 
congregations in these two areas, 
the commis- 
sion has en- 
dorsed Pass- 
ing On the 
Promise for 
use by Breth- 
ren churches. 
Passing On 
the Promise 
was developed 
by the Office 
of Evangelism 
of the Church 
of the Breth- 
ren to help 
Chvirch of the 
Brethren con- 
gregations be- 
come more 
effective in 
sharing the 
gospel. It was 
later adopted 
and adapted 
by the Men- 
nonite Church 
and the Gen- 
eral Confer- 
ence Mennon- 
ite Church 



February 1992 



11 



"The Brethren Church Evangelism and Church Growth Commission 
cares about helping us regain a passion for the lost and seeks to 
enable us to learn how to be confident, equipped witnesses. " 



under the banner of LIFE — 
Living in Faithful Evangelism. 

Passing On the Promise is a 36- 
month process through which 
persons and congregations dis- 
cover ways to share the gospel, 
work for growth, and deepen 
their own discipleship. It en- 
courages individuals and con- 
gregations to: 

• Reach out in word and deed, to 
care for the needs and hurts of 
persons. 

• Invite and welcome persons to 
discover Christ as their saving 
Lord and the fellowship of the 
church. 

• Include and involve persons 
more deeply in the life and min- 
istry of the congregation. 

• Challenge all believers to grow 
in Christian discipleship and 
faithful witness to the good news 
of the gospel. 

Basic components 

The process includes these 
basic components: 

Evangelism Leaders Academy 
— offered annually in six loca- 
tions, the academies equip pas- 
tors and lay leaders for more 
effective biblical evangelism. 

Evangelism Discovery Events — 
included are a vision-developing 
congregational dinner, a study 
introducing evangelism/church 
growth basics, and an evangelism 
awarenes^action Sunday. 

Friendship Evangelism Empha- 
sis — persons are introduced 
to sharing their faith in non- 
threatening ways. 

Congregational Self-Study — 
congregations uncover new pos- 
sibilities for evangelism and 
growth through an evaluative 
process. 

Study/Action Units — four 
study/action units bring focus to 
outreach through Bible study and 
application. 



Outreach Ministries 

The Brethren Church has 
three commissions which focus 
on reaching out — Evangelism 
and Church Growth, Church Re- 
lations, and Social Responsibil- 
ities. World Relief, an emphasis 
under the Socied Responsibilities 
Commission, receives special at- 
tention in April. 

Your financial gift this month 
will assist in furthering the Min- 
istry of Outreach. See the back 
cover for details on how you may 
help. 

Thank you for your support. 



Mutual Support and Account- 
ability — annual district support 
meetings provide opportunity for 
networking ideas among con- 
gregations. 



Beginning this fall, Brethren 
churches will have opportunity to 
"cast their hats in the ring" by 
committing themselves to par- 
ticipation in Passing On the 
Promise. Churches making that 
commitment will begin the 
process in July 1993. Begin now 
by praying with others in your 
church about this opportunity for 
meaningful outreach and con- 
gregational growth. 

Jesus did not come to earth to 
create a friendly little social club 
or a lovely refuge from the cares 
of the world. He came to make a 
radical change in a world gone 
awry! And He will change the 
world as we become His tools for 
changing the hearts and lives of 
individual people. [f] 



Waterbrook — Pilot Church 

Several Brethren churches have agreed to serve as pilot churches for 
Passing On the Promise, beginning in the fall of 1992. However, the 
Waterbrook Brethren Church in Edinburg, Va., got a head start, beginning 
in the fall of 1991. 

Pastor Mike Woods reports that while their kick-off dinner in September 
was not as effective as they had hoped, other aspects of the process have 
made a good beginning. One of their elective Sunday school classes com- 
pleted the New Life for All course this fall. Also a task force has nearly 
completed the self-study component. Pastor Woods reports that the church 
leadership and the congregation as a whole evidenced similar views. 

Perhaps most successful was the Evangelism Sunday held on November 
22. The purpose of this special Sunday is to inspire the congregation toward 
a new understanding of evangelism and to give members opportunity to 
begin acting on church growrth learnings. Participating churches are en- 
couraged to produce a special Christmas card for hand delivery to 
prospects and inactive members. 

At Waterbrook, they adapted the idea and encouraged their members to 
participate. The result was an attendance that Sunday of 300 — clearly the 
highest attendance for the year,* according to Pastor Woods. Members 
have been asking to have another special Sunday or to have a generic 
invitation card that may be used on a regular basis. 

This spring the church will offer an evangelism training course called 
"Friend to Friend." As implied in the title, the course focuses on friendship 
evangelism as the method for reaching the unchurched for Christ. 

Insights gained by Waterbrook and other pilot churches will assist the 
Evangelism and Church Growth Commission in full implementation of Pass- 
ing On the Promise in 1993. 

•Average Sunday morning worship attendance at Waterbrook Church during 1 991 
was 201 ; by the end of the year this average had increased to 240. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



Outreach 



In Word and Deed 



Church Relations: 

Outward and Inward Focus 



THE Church Relations Com- 
mission has a purpose that is 
directed both outward and in- 
ward. It focuses upon relation- 
ships with denominations that 
share historic and doctrinal sim- 
ilarities to The Brethren Church 
as well as upon relationships 
am^ong Brethren churches. 

During General Conference this 
August, the commission will host 
its third inter-church get ac- 
quainted fellowship meal. Repre- 
sentatives from the Brethren in 
Christ Church, the Church of the 
Brethren, and the National As- 
sociation of Evangelicals (NAE) 
have attended the last two years. 



Other denominations invited 
have included the Grace Breth- 
ren, Old German Baptist Breth- 
ren, Evangelical Mennonite, 
Christian (Plymouth) Brethren, 
and Mennonite Brethren. Breth- 
ren denominational leaders and 
district moderators have joined 
our guests for informative times 
of sharing how God is working in 
our various church bodies. 

Though the Church Relations 
Commission has not been directly 
involved, it has been supportive 
of adoption of the Passing On the 
Promise evangelism process. This 
has fostered a working relation- 
ship with the Church of the Breth- 



ren, the Mennonite Church, and 
the General Conference Mennon- 
ite Church in the important min- 
istry of shstring the good news of 
salvation and life in Jesus Christ. 

The commission has also en- 
dorsed The Brethren Way of 
Christ (see October 1991 EVAN- 
GELIST, pp. 9-10), conducted by 
several Indiana Brethren in co- 
operation with persons from the 
Church of the Brethren. The 1992 
weekends are scheduled for 
February 27 - March 1 (men) and 
March 5-8 (women). 

The commission is working 
with the Director of Brethren 
Church Ministries in scheduling 



"Travel: The Brethren Way" 



What is the Brethren way? Hospitality is the Brethren way, of course! That's not new in The 
Brethren Church. We have a heritage rich with people serving others. 

But what is new to The Brethren Church is a directory called "Travel: The Brethren Way." This 
directory, a project of the Church Relations Commission, will list Brethren across the country who are 
willing to share their home for one night's stay, with breakfast the following morning. There will be a 
reservation system and guests will pay a nominal fee. More information will be forthcoming, but if you 
have immediate questions, call 301-695-7453. 

If you would like to serve the denomination in this way, by opening your home to Brethren traveling in 
your area, please fill out the following form. 



Name 



Phone # (_ 



Address 



Nearest Brethren church 



We can accommodate: Adults (number) 



Kind of breakfast served (check one): full 



_; Children (number) 
; light _ 



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Reserve ahead (check preference): 1 week or more , 
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through 



Return to Linda Beekiey, 8022 Harbor Place, Frederick, MD 21701, by February 29, 1992. 



February 1992 



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a representative of NAE to speak 
at a future General Conference. 

Intra-church projects are de- 
signed to foster growing relation- 
ships across broad geographical 
areas, both among individual 
Brethren and congregations as a 
whole. 

A major project is publication of 
"Travel: The Brethren Way." This 
handy guide will offer Brethren 
people opportunity to stay with 
other Brethren when traveling. A 



form is provided (previous page) 
for those who would like to be in- 
cluded in the first directory as 
hosts. Release of the directory is 
scheduled for later this spring. 

During 1991 about half of all 
Brethren churches volunteered to 
be prayer partners with another 
Brethren church. Congregations 
were paired last spring. A report 
on significant happenings is 
planned for later. 

Several churches have con- 



tinued their triad gatherings in- 
itiated several years ago by 
Moderator Warren Garner. The 
commission continues to en- 
courage congregations to relate 
regularly to nearby Brethren 
churches. 

The commission is also finaliz- 
ing plans for a series of repro- 
ducible brochures on Brethren 
beliefs and practices to help us 
communicate our Brethren iden- 
tity, [f] 



Outreach 



In Word and Deed 



Being Socially Responsible 
Is Outreach Too! 



WE may not often think of so- 
cial responsibility as a form 
of outreach. Certainly, it may 
never be a substitute for evangel- 
ism. However, Brethren have his- 
torically been involved in 
ministering to the needs of 
others. An outgrowth of this 
caring ministry is a positive ex- 
pression of concern about' social 
injustice and public policy — 
being salt and light as an out- 
growth of our faith. 

The Social Responsibilities 
Commission has a two-fold pur- 
pose: to help Brethren develop 
biblical positions on domestic and 
global social issues; and to chal- 
lenge Brethren to live in Christ- 
like, socially responsible ways. 

During the 1991 General Con- 
ference, the commission proposed 
position statements on AIDS and 
abortion. After discussion and 
modification. Conference dele- 
gates adopted positions on these 
important issues (see the Septem- 
ber 1991 Evangelist, p. 14, for 
the full statements). While the 
commission does not plan to 
propose specific position state- 
ments in 1992, it is studying 
several issues. Rev. Emery Hurd 
(2600 E. 12th St., Cheyenne, WY 
82001), the commission chair, 



would welcome recommendations 
on issues to be considered. 

Several efforts are planned to 
educate Brethren persons on so- 
cial issues. A revised brochxare of 
Brethren Church statements on 
social issues has been produced. 
A copy was sent to each pastor 
and moderator to be copied and 
distributed among all Brethren. 
Copies are also available from 
The Brethren Church National 
Office. 

A task force headed by commis- 
sion member Jeff Weidenhamer 
(515 Chestnut, Ashland, OH 
44805) is preparing a revised re- 
source list for distribution at the 
1992 General Conference. Recom- 
mendations for the list should be 
sent to him.. Also, periodic noti- 
fications on social issues and full 
articles are planned for upcoming 
issues of The BRETHREN EVANGEL- 
IST. 

In August the commission as- 
sumed responsibility for oversee- 
ing World Relief and related 
emphases of The Brethren 
Church. Commission member 
Ken Ingold is forming a task force 
for this purpose. The April issue 
of the Evangelist will contain the 
annual emphasis materials. 

A peace task force is being 
formed by commission member 




Jeff Weidenhamer to keep the 
church informed on peace issues, 
particularly as they relate to the 
1986 Brethren Resolve for Peace. 

A new goal of the commission is 
to pursue, in cooperation with the 
Education and Leadership Com- 
mission, opportunities for Breth- 
ren people to be involved directly 
in service activities. 

Of course, the commission is 
only a resource to Brethren in- 
dividuals and churches. Demon- 
stration of social responsibilities 
takes place in our daily living. 
We encourage all Brethren to live 
lives that will enhance and not 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



UPDATE 



BRETHREN CHURCH NEWS 



George Solomon Memorial Library Dedicated 
January 11 at Ashland Theological Seminary 



Ashland, Ohio — A dedication service 
was held Saturday, January 11, for the 
George W. Solomon Memorial Library 
at Ashland Theological Seminary. 

Construction of the 3,500-square-foot 
addition to the seminary library was 
started last June and was completed in 
December at a cost of $250,000. It con- 
tains volumes in Christian literature, 
theology, and church history. 

Rev. Solomon was a 1957 graduate of 
Ashland Theological Seminary. He 
served as a Brethren pastor from 1951 
until his death November 2, 1985. 

"George Solomon proved his love for 
his Lord by a life of faithfulness, and he 
often spoke openly of his love for The 
Brethren Church," said Dr. Fred Finks, 
vice president for the seminary, who, 
during his childhood, met Solomon at 
church camp. 

"His ministry was always one of fruit- 
fulness and his advice was sought by 
many persons in leadership positions," 
Finks said. "It is a fitting tribute to 
recognize George Solomon in a memo- 
rial at Ashland Theological Seminary." 

The dedication ceremony included 
tributes to Ftev. Solomon by Finks; by 
Solomon's eldest son, Leroy, senior pas- 
tor of the Winding Waters Brethren 




Memorial plaque in the new library addition. 

Church in Elkhart, Ind.; and by Rev. 
David Cooksey, Director of Pastoral 
Ministries for The Brethren Church. 

A history of the seminary library was 
presented during the service by Rev. 
Bradley Weidenhamer, head seminary 
librarian. Tom Stoffer, chairman of the 
seminary committee of the Ashland 
University Board of Trustees, led the 




Twenty-seven of Rev. Solomon 's descendants (counting sons- and daughters-in-law) attended 
the dedication service, including seven of his eight children — Ben {standing, 8th from I.), Leroy 
(standing, far r.); (seated, I. to r.) Mark, Carol (Klever), Penny (Knouff), Becky (Home), and 
(far r.) Deanna (Benshoff). The remaining daughter, Lillian (Parker), who lives in Florida, was 
unable to attend, but her son was present. Photos by Ronald W. Waters 

February 1992 



litany of dedication. And Dr. Kenneth 
Walther, ATS faculty member and 
chairman of the library committee, of- 
fered the prayer of dedication. 

Special music for the service was 
provided by Leslie Lake, an ATS stu- 
dent; and by Dr. Ronald Sprunger, 
professor of music at the seminary. 

The dedication was attended by more 
than 25 members of Solomon's extended 
family, as well as by faculty Eind friends 
of the seminary. 

A native of McClellandtown, Pa., Sol- 
omon served both as deacon and Sundaj' 
school superintendent at the Uniontown, 
Pa., Brethren Church before enrolling 
at Ashland University in 1950. He 
served the Gretna (Bellefontaine, Ohio) 
Brethren Church while at the univer- 
sity and the seminary, followed by pas- 
torates at Brethren congregations in 
Hagerstown, Md.; Louisville, Ohio; Ash- 
land, Ohio (Park Street); Derby, Kans.; 
and Milledgeville, 111. He served as 
General Conference moderator in 1957 
and was again moderator in 1985 at the 
time of his death. 

He was married September 6, 1942, 
to Jessie Mae Woods. They were the 
parents of eight children. Their daugh- 
ter, Deanna Benshoff, is the current 
president of the National Woman's Mis- 
sionary Society. Mrs. Solomon died 
November 20, 1989. 



Lay People Take Over Dec. 1st 
At Mathias Brethren Church 

Mathias, W. Va. — The lay people of 
the church were in charge of the wor- 
ship service on Sunday, December 1, at 
the Mathias Brethren Church. 

Annabelle Vance delivered the mes- 
sage for the service, speaking on the 
subject of Christian responsibility. Oth- 
ers taking part in the service included 
Bob Wilkins, who gave the greeting and 
announcements; Laura Robinson, who 
presented the call to worship and read 
scripture; Joe Turner, who offered the 
invocation and the benediction; and Jim 
Vance, who delivered the offertory 
prayer and the pastoral prayer. 

Jane Robinson played the piano for 
the service and Edith Tusing led the 
singing of hymns. Susan Sager served 
as greeter. Sonya Mongold was on stand- 
by as a substitute in case one of the 
other leaders was absent on that day. 

According to Pastor Jerry Fike, "The 
lay people of the church did an excellent 
job of carrying out their various respon- 
sibilities on this particular occasion." 

— reported by Pastor Jerry Fike 

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UPDATE 



Rev. Bryan Karchner Installed January 19 
As Pastor of Berlin, Pa., Brethren Church 



Berlin, Pa. — Bryan G. Karchner was 
installed as pastor of the Berlin Breth- 
ren Church during the morning wor- 
ship service on Sunday, January 19. 

Rev. David Cooksey, Director of Pas- 
toral Ministries for The Brethren Church, 
was in charge of the installation. Rev. 
Ralph Mills, pastor of the Berlin con- 
gregation for 35 years until his retire- 
ment in December 1990, offered the 
prayer of blessing on the new pastor. 

Also participating in the installation 
was Rev. Robert Hoffman, a member of 
the Pennsylvania District Board of 
Oversight, who gave the pastoral 
charge to Rev. Karchner. Berlin Moder- 
ator Ronald Bockes extended the right 
hand of Christian fellowship to the new 
pastor on behalf of the congregation. 

Special music for the worship service 
was presented by the Senior Handbell 
Choir and the Senior Choir, both under 
the direction of Norman Menhom. Or- 
ganist Ellen Hay played the prelude, 
offertory, and the postlude. 

Pastor Karchner delivered the mes- 
sage for the service. His message, "Con- 
quering the future," was taken from 
Joshua 3:14 — 4:7. 



Rev. Karchner was raised in Fountain 
Hill, Pa. He attended Ashland Theologi- 
cal Seminary, from which he received a 
Master of Divinity degree in 1987. From 
February 1988 until December 1991 he 
was associate pastor of the Jefferson 
Brethren Church (near Goshen, Ind.). 
He was ordained July 28, 1991. 



Rev. Keirchner is married to the for- 
mer Linda A. Clifton of Portsmouth, Ohio. 
A dinner to welcome the new pastor and 
his wife was served in the church fellow- 
ship hall following the worship service. 
Both Rev. Karchner 's and Mrs. Karch- 
ner 's parents and other members of their 
families were present for the service 
and the dinner. Also in attendance was 
Mrs. Polly Benshoff, whose late hus- 
band. Rev. St. Clair Benshoff, served as 
interim pastor at Berlin last year. 

— reported by Roberta Wyant 




Berlin's new pastor. Rev. Bryan Karchner {3rd from L), and his wife, Linda, with (I. to r.) 
Rev. Robert Hoffman, Moderator Ronald Bockes, Rev. Ralph Mills, and Rev. David Cooksey. 



Bethlehem Church Celebrates 
Life of Member Mae Wenger 

Harrisonburg, Va. — Miss Mae 
Wenger was honored at a birthday 
party held Sunday, December 1, 1991. 



for 77 years, and been active in the 
Woman's Missionary Society at both the 
local and district levels. She is also 
reputed to have the firmest handshake 
in the Bethlehem congregation. 

A fried-chicken dinner was served to 
Miss Mae and to her family and many 




Miss Mae Wenger (3rd from I.) with (I. to r.) George and Maxine Wenger and Jean Wampler. 



at the Bethlehem Brethren Church in 
celebration of her life. 

Miss Mae was bom in 1900 and has 
served the Lord in many ways through- 
out her life. She has taught Sunday 
school for many years, played the organ 

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friends. The dinner was topped off with 
a cake decorated with a picture of the 
Bethlehem Church building. Miss Mae 
was totally surprised by the celebration 
and completely pleased. 

— reported by Kathy Velanzon 



New Service Brings Growth 
To Church at New Lebanon 

New Lebanon, Ohio — The Brethren 
Church of New Lebanon began a second 
worship service on Sunday, November 
3, and has seen growth since that time. 

Attendance has averaged more than 
50 at the early service and has climbed 
back to an average of 200 at the 10:30 
service — giving a net gain of almost 30. 

The Sunday school program has bene- 
fited as well. Two additional classes 
have been started and attendance has 
jumped to an average of more than 150 
(compared to 125 in the past), with 
January attendances running in the 
170's. 

The early service begins at 8:15 a.m. 
and features guitar accompaniment of 
choruses and an ensemble of six voices 
that leads the music. The 10:30 service 
continues to be more traditional in for- 
mat, with the adult choir providing spe- 
cial music. Pastors Jim Black and Ray 
Hesketh both participate in the leader- 
ship of both services. 

The congregation has also recently 
begun new ministries in drama, grief 
support, and to senior citizens, as well 
as a beginning guitar class. 

The Brethren Evangeust 




Little Crusader 

Jesus said, "Let the children come to tne, and do not hinder 
them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 19:14). 




Be My Valentine! 

Everyone likes to talk about love, especially in February. This month is a great time 
for greeting card companies and florists to sell us their cards and flowers. And maybe 
that's not all bad. We should take time to show people that we love them. 

The truth is that we often get so busy with our everyday activities that we forget to 
let others know that we really do love them. So maybe giving someone a card, some 
flowers, or candy once a year is a good idea. 

But what else can we do? Do we have to buy something for someone to show love? 
Stop a minute and think of three or four ways that you have shown love today. If you 
can't think of that many, what can you do to show someone love? Write those ideas 
down and practice them each day. 

The Bible tells us some ways that we can show love. And guess what! Some of the 
"loving" things we are told to do are for people that we may not really like. That's not 
easy to do, is it? But God loves each one of us so much that He wants us to learn to 
love one another. And He is with us to teach us and help us. All we have to do is ask 
Him. He really wants us to learn to see the worth not only in ourselves, but in everyone 
we know — even those we have never met. This kind of love goes deeper than "mushy 
feelings." In fact, feelings may have nothing to do with it. There are lots of good things 
we can do for the people around us regardless of how we feel about them. 

Below are some verses that tell us some of the things the Bible teaches us about 
love, and also a word-puzzle. Complete the verses, then find the underlined words in the 
puzzle. (The quotations from the Bible are from the New Revised Standard Version, but 
you can use another version to look them up.) 

1 . Those who say, "I love God," and hate their 
brothers or sister are . 1 John 4:20 

2. Love your and pray for those 

who persecute you, so that you may be 
children of your Father in heaven; for he 

makes his to rise on the evil and on 

the good, and sends rain on the righteous 
and the unrighteous. For if you love those 

who love you, what do you 

have? Matt. 5:44-45a 

3. Love is patient; love is ; love is not 

envious or boastful or arrogant or . 

It does not insist on its own . 1 Cor. 

13:4-5 

4. You shall love the Lord your God with all 

your , and with all your , 

and with all your might. Deut. 6:5 

5. You shall love your neighbor as - 

. Lev. 19:18 



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UPDATE 



Young Adults Seek "Vision for '92" 
At BYIC Post-High Winter Retreat 



Lakeville, Ohio — Vision '92 was 
the theme of the Brethren Youth In 
Christ Post-High Winter Retreat, held 
December 28-31 at Camp Bethany. 

Glenn Black, youth pastor of the 
Goshen, Ind., First Brethren Church, 
was the special speaker for the re- 
treat. He presented three messages 
drawn from the life of Joshua — 
"Claiming the Promise," "Following 
the Program," and "Discovering the 
Power." His three sessions challenged 
the young adults at the retreat to 
personally search their own lives, 
claim God's promise, follow His pro- 
gram, and discover His power. 

Other devotional leaders for the 
retreat were Eric Bargerhuff, John 
Howenstine, and Stacy Oligee. Eric 
spoke on the ABC's of gaining a 
vision, while John and Stacy focused 
on prayer. The leading of the Lord 
upon those who spoke was evident, for 
while no one had any idea what the 
others were going to speak about, their 
messages all tied together and provided 
a specific purpose for the weekend. 

During one of the many deep-think- 
ing rap sessions during the retreat, one 
of the participants made the comment, 
"I wish it would snow so hard that we 
would be snowed in." The irony of it was 
that though it didn't snow, no one left 




Participants in the post-high retreat were (1st 

row, I. to r.) Annalee Hoover, Stacy Oligee, Kim 

and John Howenstine, Paul Sluss, (Ind row, I. to 

r.) Karen Curfman, Glenn Black, Kelly Krqft, (and 

not shown) Eric Bargerhuff, and Becki Fulmer. 

the lodge during the whole weekend. 

They "snowed themselves in." The one 

exception to this was when the entire 

group went "snipe hunting." (Yes, there 

was one in their midst who had never 

experienced the fun and excitement of 

catching a snipe!) 

In summing up the weekend, Kim 
Howenstine said, "The number of 



Lanark Gives Special-Made 
Love Gift to Pastoral Family 

Lanark, 111. — The Christmas love- 
gift of the Lanark Brethren Church 
to Pastor Tom Schiefer and his fami- 
ly took some careful planning and a 
great deal of secrecy. 

During the summer months quilt 
blocks were distributed to members 
and friends of the church on which 
they were asked to develop their own 
design. Later, committee members 
Grace Aiken, Donna Schriner, and 
Margaret Miller collected and as- 
sembled the blocks and completed 
the quilt. 

The quilt was then presented to 
the Schiefers on Sunday, December 
8, during the morning worship serv- 
ice. Reportedly, Pastor Schiefer was 
speechless (a rsire occasion for him)! 

The Schiefers have been in Lanark 
for four years, and many of the quilt 
squares depicted events they and the 
congregation have shared. 

— reported by Sue Michael, cor. sec. 

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people was small, but the fellowship we 
shared was absolutely wonderful. The 
nights were late and the mornings were 
early. It is hard to describe the closeness 
of the group by the end of the weekend. 
I definitely felt the Holy Spirit among 
us and trust that He is continuing to 
work in our lives and is revealing His 
vision for each and every one of us." 



Bryan Men of Mission Achieve 
Their 1991 "Grand Challenge" 

Bryan, Ohio — The Men of Mission of 
the Bryan First Brethren Church un- 
dertook a "Grand Challenge" in 1991 
when they made a commitment to pro- 
vide financial support for Troy Cum- 
mins, an Ashland University freshman 
from the Bryan Church. 

The Grand Challenge program is an 
opportunity for Brethren Men of Mis- 
sion to provide financial support ($ 1 ,000 




Rev. and Mrs. Tom Schiefer and their three 
daughters with the quilt they received from the 
Lanark congregation. Photo by Grace Aiken 



Grand Challenge recipient Troy Cummins 
enjoys spaghetti at a recent fund-raiser. 

per year) and encouragement to Breth- 
ren AU students who are planning to 
attend Ashland Theological Seminary 
to prepaire for Christian service. 

During 1991 the Bryan Men of Mis- 
sion raised $1,200 for their Grand Chal- 
lenge. Of this, $1,000 was given to Troy, 
and $200 to another Brethren Ashland 
University pre-seminary student, Eric 
Bargerhuff, a junior from Mexico, Ind. 

Some of the ways the men raised the 
money included offerings, a spaghetti 
supper, a public service, and serving the 
mother-daughter banquet. They are 
planning to repeat these activities and 
have other fund-raisers in 1992. 

The Men of Mission of the Bryan 
Church encourage other groups to get 
involved in the growth of Ashland 
University students and The Brethren 
Church through the Grand Challenge 
program. For more information, contact 
Dr. Mike Gleason, Director of Religious 
Life at Ashland University. 

The Brethren Evangelist 



UPDATE 




Grape 

Vine 



The average Sunday morning worship 
attendance at the Smithville, Ohio, Breth- 
ren Church during 1991 was 214, the best 
in the congregation's history! The average 
Sunday school attendance of 173 was the 
highest since 1969. 

Dr. Richard Allison, Director of Doc- 
toral Studies at Ashland Theological Sem- 
inary, and Mrs. Linda Beekley, public 
school teacher and wife of the pastor of the 
Mountain View Brethren Church of Fred- 
erick, Md., led several of the more than 160 
workshops at the Greater Washington 
Christian Education Convention held Jan- 
uary 17-18 in Beltsville, Md. The conven- 
tion was sponsored by the Greater Wash- 
ington Christian Education Association, of 
which Rev. Robert Keplinger, pastor of 
the Linwood, Md., Brethren Church, is 
chairman. The convention draws ap- 
proximate 4,000 people, including a num- 
ber from Brethren churches in Maryland 
and Virginia. 

The Northview Brethren Life Church 

of Springboro, Ohio, plans to begin con- 
struction of its initial facility this summer, 
and tlie Brethren Men of Mission intend to 
help out. Men (and women, too), get your 
tools ready. Details later. 

The Milledgeville, III., Brethren 
Church held a "Time of Remembrance and 
Rededication" on Sunday, January 5. The 
morning worship service was a time for 
rehearsing and reflecting on the history of 
the congregation, and at the close of the 
service a rededication service was held for 



Christian Heritage Tour to Europe 

Dr. Donald Dumbaugh and his wife, 
Hedda, will conduct a Christian Heritage tour 
to Belgium, France, Switzerland, Germany, 
and The Netherlands July 20- August 7, 1992, 
following the Brethren World Assembly in 
Elizabelhtown, Pa. The tour will include 
visits lo historic Brethren sites (Schriesheim, 
Biidingen, Schwarzenau, Surhuisterveen) as 
well as stops at other noteworthy Christian 
sites in the countries visited. Inclusive cost: 
$2,995. Tour arrangements by MTS Travel, 
102 East Main St., Ephrala, PA 17522; tele- 
phone 800-874-9330. For further information 
and brochure, call tour leaders at 717-367- 
1 151, ext. 469 (off.) or 717-361-8140 (home). 



the church's newly renovated fellowship 
hall. A carry-in diimer was held in the fel- 
lowship hall following the service. 

The Smithville, Ohio, Brethren 
Church has raised half the cost of a new 
cabin for the Ohio District's Camp Bethany 
and has challenged the Ashland Park 
Street Brethren Church to raise the other 
half — $2,000. The Park Street Brethren 
have until March 31 to meet the challenge. 
The cabin, to be built this summer, will be 
winterized and handicapped-accessible. 
The District Board of Christian Education 
would also like to build a second cabin. 
Would any other Ohio District churches 
like to take up the challenge? 



The Nappanee, Ind., First Brethren 
Church began broadcasting its Sunday 
morning worship services on January 12 
over radio station WLRX (95.7 FM). Each 
week's service is taped, edited, then broad- 
cast at 10:30 a.m. the following Sunday. 
Rev. Mark Baker, minister of music for the 
church, hosts the program, which includes 
congregational singing, special music, and 
the message by Pastor Ken Hurm. 

Correction: The recommendation that the 
Central District begin a newsletter came 
from Central District moderator-elect 
LaMoille Poffenberger, not from Phil 
Michael, as stated in last month's issue. Our 
apologies to Mr. Poffenberger. 



In Memory 

Jacob C. Cripe, 88, January 1 7. Chartermember 
of the Jefferson Brethren Church, where he was 
active in the construction and set-up of the 
original facility. He and his wife, Kathryn, have 
been generous benefactors of the church and 
Ashland Theological Seminary. Services by Pas- 
tor Kerry L. Scott. 

Gilbert Hoffman, 70, January 16. Member for 
four years of the Fairless Hills-Levittown Breth- 
ren Church. Services by Pastor C. William Cole. 
Thelma Buckwalter, 56, January 5. Member of 
the Lanark First Brethren Church. Services by 
Pastor Tom Schiefer. 

Mary Etter, 88, December 31. Member for 45 
years of The Brethren Church of New Lebanon. 
Services by Pastor James F. Black. 
Truman Myer, 77, December 29. Member of 
the Flora First Brethren Church. Services by 
Pastor Alvin Grumbling. 

Jessie E. Walther, 98, December 28. Member of 
the North Manchester First Brethren Church. 
Services by Pastor Marlin McCann and Rev. 
Woodrow Immel. 

Vicki Byrd, 44, December 27. Member since 
1984 of The Brethren Church of New Lebanon. 
Services by Associate Pastor Ray Hesketh. 
Norma Roesch, 70, December 27. Lifelong 
member of The Brethren Church of New Lebanon 
where she was deaconess, taught Sunday school, 
sang in the choir, and was active in W.M.S. and 
president of the Afternoon Society at the lime of 
her death. She and her husband. Dale, spent two 
years (1947-49) as missionaries in Puerto Rico 
with the Church of the Brethren, where she worked 
as superintendent of nurses in a small mountain 
hospital. Services by Pastor James F. Black. 
Myron S. Kem, 85, December 26. Lifelong 
member of the Dayton Hillcrest Brethren 
Church, where he was a deacon, trustee board 
member. Ministerial Council member, and ad- 
visor to all boards and committees in the church. 
He served for many years as a member of the 
Board of Trustees of Ashland University and as 
board president from 1946 to 1976. Services by 
Dr. Glenn Clayton and Pastor Tom Conrad. 
Ruth C. Clymer, 86, December 26. A friend of 
The Brethren Church of New Lebanon. Services 
by Associate Pastor Ray Hesketh. 
Robert L. Stark, 73, December 22. Member of 
the Tiosa Brethren Church. Services by Pastor 
George Brown and Rev. Paul Tinkel. 



Februahy 1992 



Glenna Sue Howard, 104, December 13. Mem- 
ber of the Oak Hill First Brethren Church. 
Services by Rev. Houston Boothe. 
Melissa M. Schaefer, 18, December 2. Lifelong 
attender and member since 1989 of The Brethren 
Church of New Lebanon. Services by Pastor 
James F. Black. 

Weddings 

Emily McFadden to Curtis Vance, December 
14, at the Pleasant Hill First Brethren Church; 
Pastor Robert Westfall officiating. Members of 
the Pleasant Hill First Brethren Church. 
Chris Spradlin to David Hoffman, December 
1 3, in Hagerstown, Md. Groom a member of the 
St. James Brethren Church. 
Lori Roberson to David Couchot, November 
23, at the Flora First Brethren Church; Pastor 
Alvin Grumbling officiating. Bride a member of 
the Flora First Brethren Church. 
Heather White to Patrick Kennedy, October 
12, in North Bay, Ontario. Groom an active at- 
tender of the Pleasant Hill First Brethren Church. 

Goldenalres 

Alfred and Vallce McClanahan, 60th, 
February 1 1 . Members of the Maurertown Breth- 
ren Church. 

Rev. BUI and Elsie Fells, 50th, January 24. 
Former pastor and pastor's wife in The Brethren 
Church and parents of Brethren missionary 
Sharon Winter. They now live at 12401 St. Annes 
Drive, Sun Chy, AZ 85351. 
Eugene and Marceal Zimmerman, 50th, 
January 14. Members of the Ashland Park Street 
Brethren Church. 

Ray and Arlene Raber, 50th, December 24. 
Members of the North Georgetown First Breth- 
ren Church. 

Glenn and Dortha Shellenberger, 50th, 
November 22. Members of the Pleasant Hill First 
Brethren Church 

Membership Growth 

Flora: 4 by baptism 

Gretna: 3 by baptism 

Wabash: 4 by transfer 

Pleasant View: 2 by baptism 

North Manchester: 3 by baptism 

Oak Hill: 3 by baptism, 1 by transfer 

Fairless Hills-Levittown: 1 by transfer 

North Georgetown: 6 by baptism, 7 by transfer 

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• And the Church Relations Commission is helping us recognize other 
believers outside our local congregations — in other Brethren churches 
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Developing a Global Vision 




The Missionary Call 



SUE TRAVELED TO PERU in 
1983, and the trip revolution- 
ized her Ufe. During that brief stay 
Sue felt God urging her to return 
to Peru as a full-time missionary. 
For Sue, this missionary "call" 
never died. 

Dxiring the 1980s, Peru's politi- 
cal and social situation deter- 
iorated dramatically. And Maoist 
guerrillas didn't look kindly 
toward North American "yanquis." 

So as Sue's plans took shape, 
some friends and family members 
— concerned about her safety — 
tried to dissuade her from going. In- 
deed, fair-skinned Sue with waist- 
length blond hair would definitely 
stick out in the crowd of black- 
haired, bronze-colored Peruvians. 

The Michigan State grad lis- 
tened to their concerns and ad- 
mitted that she had qualms about 
going. But somehow she still knew 
that God wanted her to do chil- 
dren's m^inistry in Lima, Peru. 

In January of this year some 
missionary colleagues in the U.S. 
had a commissioning service for 
Sue, who was scheduled to fly to 
Peru the next day. 

Godly fear 

"How do you feel?" a mission ex- 
ecutive asked her. 

"I feel afraid . . . ," she said, her 
voice breaking, as the room went 
totally silent. "I feel afraid my work 
won't be pleasing to the Lord." 

Then, with tears coursing down 
her cheeks, she added, "I'm just so 
happy because my dream of going 
to Peru is about to come true." 



Before Sue's testimony and a 
laying-on-of hands ceremony had 
ended, there were few dry eyes to 
be seen. I witnessed this ceremony 
and came away amazed. 

Rarely had I seen a Christian 
worker with such a strong and 
specific sense of God's leading. (In- 
deed, no North American mission- 
ary should go to Peru or any other 
"hot spot" without God's confirma- 
tion.) 

Is the missionary call a myth? 

Sue's example got me thinking 
again about the "missionary call." I 
believe we've probably exaggerated 
this concept. In fact, some mission 
writers claim that there's no bibli- 
cal basis for the missionary call, 
except maybe for Paul's Macedo- 
nian summons. And they claim 
that some would-be missionaries 
have stayed home waiting for a 
heavenly zap that never came. 

But what about Sue? Who would 
dispute that God has "called" her 
to South America? 

Looking for some insight on the 
subject, I rvmimaged through some 
old files. And there I found an old 
World Christian magazine inter- 
view (May/June 1982) with former 
missionary to Africa Helen 
Roseveare. Her comments seemed 
just as appropriate today as they 
did then. 

Roseveare could find no scrip- 
tural basis for "the call," but she 
did say, "God is always sending us." 

"Every born-again Christian 
should expect to be sent by God to 
a specific spot because God has a 



spot for everyone," she said. "When 
I look at what job I'm going to do, 
where I am going to work, if I am 
going to get married or not, it's all 
to be looked at in reference to the 
question, 'Where is God sending 
me?' Then I think His guidance 
comes through much more simply 
because we know He's got a place." 

"Every born-again 
Christian should ex- 
pect to be sent by God 
to a specific spot be- 
cause God has a spot 
for everyone, " 



But how do we know when God 
is sending us to another country? 

Roseveare said, "You know He's 
got a place for you, so it isn't, 'I'm 
going to work in America until He 
calls me overseas.' It's simply, 'I'm 
going to go where He sends me, 
whether that is in America or 
overseas' .... 

"I think those of us who are free 
and young and strong and healthy, 
who've got something we can offer 
as a service ministry in any 
country (be it teaching, driving or 
fixing a car, or building, whatever) 
should think in terms of going to 
people who have less than we 
have. . . . Our first thought should 
be to expect Him to send us to a 
group outside our culture who 
have needs beyond our needs." 

People with needs 

In Sue's case, she fit the category 
of someone going to people with 
needs. She plans to minister to the 
estimated 300,000 street children 
in Lima, Peru, a city of 7 million. 
Talk about people with needs! 

I still remember the Peruvian 
street kid who saw me exit a bak- 
ery. He raced up and jerked at the 
packet in my hand. "CAKE!" he 
screamed to his companions, while 
staring desperately at the pastry. I 
gave it to him, my appetite gone. 

Sure, Sue may encounter some 
problems in Peru. But as one mis- 
sionary statesman said, "The most 
dangerous place is being outside of 
God's will." 

Where is God calling you? And 
me? [f] 

The Brethren Evangelist 




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March 1992 
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Features 

Should Christians be Politically Active? 4 

by Robert P. Dugan, Jr. 

Yes, says the writer, who gives bibUcal principles to guide us in our in- 
volvement in the political process of our country. 

Feeding on the Word by Richard C. Winfield 7 

A daily ration of God's word is as important to our spiritual health as 
regular meals are to our physical well-being. 

Walk the Path of Praise by G. Roger Schoenhals 8 

Ten tips to tuck into your spiritual backpack as you hike along life's 
trail. 

Honoring Our Older Pastors by William D. Walk 10 

A tribute to those Brethren pastors who have reached the age of seventy 
or beyond. 

Ministry Pages: World Missions 

A Call to Missionary Evangelism by James R. Black 11 

What a Difference Fifty Years Can Make! 12 

by Juan Carlos Miranda 

Property Purchased in Paraguay by William Winter 13 

Re-entry by Allen Baer 14 



Departments 

Developing a Global Vision 2 

by John Maust 

Cartoon 7 



Update 15 

Children's Page 17 

by Jackie Rhoades 

From the Grape Vine 19 



Also in this issue: The March-April issue of the Woman's Outlook Newslet- 
ter is in the center of the magazine. 

In case you didn't know^: The article on page 12 was written by Dr. Juan 
Carlos Miranda, Director of Latin America Ministries for the Missionary 
Board of the Brethren Church. Dr. Miranda was born in Rosario, Argentina, 
May 20, 1933, and was baptized in the Brethren Church of Rosairio on April 4, 
1947. He received his primary and secondary education in Rosario and is a 
graduate of the Buenos Aires Bible Institute. In 1957 he came to the United 
States with his wife, Maria, and their two 
children (they later added three more). In 
the U.S. he continued his education (in- 
cluding a M.Div. degree from Ashland 
Theological Seminary and a D.Min. degree 
from Fuller Theological Seminary, owned a 
successful business for a time, and has 
served the Lord and The Brethren Church 
in various capacities. 

Answers to Little Crusader page: 

See the box at the right. 





Should Christians 



Politically Active? 

By Robert P. Dugan, Jr. 



IF THE BIBLE commanded, 
"Thou shalt not engage in 
politics," evangelicals would not 
touch politics with a three-meter 
pole. On the other hand, there is 
no eleventh commandment which 
says, "Thou shalt vote." 

1 suspect that large numbers of 
evangelical Christians could not 
answer confidently if asked what 
the Bible does say about political 
involvement. Let me build a case 
from Luke 20: 

So the spies questioned him: "Teach- 
er, we know that you speak and teach 
wliat is right, and that you do not show 
partiality but teach the way of God in 
accordance with the truth. Is it right 
for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?" 
He saw through their duplicity and 
said to them, "Show me a denarius. 



Dr. Dugan is director of the Office of Public Affairs 
of the National Association of Evangelicals in Wash- 
ington, D.C., and edits the monthly newsletter "NAE 
Washington Insight." An ordained Baptist minister, 
he served as a pastor from 1959 to 1975 and as chap- 
lain of the Colorado State Senate from 1974 to 1975. He 
was an unsuccessful candidate for the U.S. Congress 
from Colorda's second 
district in 1976. 

This article consists 
in the main of excerpts 
from chapter two of his 
book. Winning the New 
Civil War: Recapturing 
America's Values, pub- 
lished by Multnomah 
Press in January 
1991. Dr. Dugan was 
asked to submit this 
article by the Social 
Responsibilities Com- 
mission of The Breth- 
ren Church. 




Whose portrait and inscription are 
on it?" 

"Caesar's," they replied. 

He said to them, "Then give to 
Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God 
what is God's." 

They were unable to trap him in 
what he had said there in public. And 
astonished by his answer, they be- 
came silent.* 

I would like to lift from this text 
two clear biblical principles that 
are universally applicable: Render 
to Caesar what is Caesar's, and 
render to God what is God's. 

Our first biblical political duty — 
rendering to God — is clear from I 
Timothy 2:1-4: 

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, 
prayers, intercession and thanksgiving 
be made for everyone — for kings 
and all those in 
authority, that we 
may live peaceful 
and quiet lives in all 
godliness and holi- 
ness. This is good, 
and pleases God our 
Savior, who wants all 
men to be saved and 
to come to a knowl- 
edge of the truth. 



Pray for our 
Leaders 

Translating 
"kings" into our 
political terminol- 
ogy, it is clear that 
God expects His 
people to pray for 

'Luke 20:21-26. This 
and other biblical 
quotations in the ar- 
ticle are taken from 
the New International 
Version. 



their leaders. In a word, intelligent 
intercession for politicians is our 
first responsibility. 

It would be easy to pour guilt 
over sincere believers by telling 
them that they are responsible, for 
example, to pray for the United 
States Congress. But to intercede 
meaningfully for all 435 repre- 
sentatives and for the 100 senators 
would, of course, be an impossible 
task. 

An analogy might help. Does 
God expect Christian people to 
pray for all of the pastors in the 
United States? How about in their 
state, or in their denomination? 
Hardly. It is certain, however, that 
God expects his people to intercede 
for their own pastors and staff. 

By the same token, surely the 
Lord does not expect Christians 
who live in Colorado to pray 
regularly and explicitly for the 
Senators who represent Virginia or 
Vermont. But Colorado's two 
Senators are theirs, elected to rep- 
resent them. And it's a lame alibi 
for a Coloradan to disclaim that 
responsibility by pleading that he 
hasn't voted the last few times 
around. 

One way or another, all Colorado 
citizens of voting age are respon- 
sible for two senators, and all 
Christians in Colorado are respon- 
sible to pray for those two sen- 
ators, while letting the people of, 
say, Mirmesota, pray for their own. 

One for every day of the week 

Who else should be on the prayer 
list? A minimum of seven elected 
officials represents every citizen in 
national and state government. 
That makes a good starting list. 

The Brethren Evangelist 




"Intercessory prayer for our political officeholders is a clear 
political responsibility that Christians have overlooked — 
to the detriment of the nation. But it's also one that can be 
remedied as soon as you decide to do it." 



one for each day of the week. It can 
easily be enlarged to include the 
President's cabinet, the Supreme 
Court, or one's mayor. But I still 
haven't revealed my basic seven. 

I did so in an unorthodox way at 
a college baccalaureate service in 
New York State. Not wanting to 
embarrass the faculty and others 
located in the choir loft behind me, 
I allowed them to remain seated, 
but I asked everyone else to stand. 

Name that official 

"I am putting you on your 
honor," I said. "When I mention a 
political official for whom you have 
a prayer-responsibility, silently 
determine if you know that 
official's name. In not, please be 
seated." 

I began with the president. For- 
tunately, no one sat down. But em- 
barrassment colored a few cheeks 
when I moved on to the governor. 
Casualties continued to mount 
when I mentioned "One U.S. 
senator from your state." Naming 
"the other senator from your state" 
brought real downward movement. 
By the time I asked about "the 
Congressperson who represents 
your district," only about 25% 
remained standing.* 

It doesn't take a Sherlock Holmes 
to draw some deductions from this 
demonstration. If Christian people 
do not know the names of those 
whom they elect, it follows that 
they cannot be interceding for 
them — and that they are disobey- 
ing their Lord. 

I went on. To those still on their 
feet, I said softly: "If you have not 
prayed for each of these at least 
once since the beginning of this 
year, please be seated." One man, 
and one man only, continued to 
stand. 

Who can imagine what God 
might do in response to the 

*The remaining two of the basic seven 
officials for whom Christians should pray 
are their state senator and their state 
representative. 

Maech 1992 



knowledgeable intercession of mil- 
lions of evangelicals for their 
elected officials? Of course, I mean 
intelligent intercession. If it is not 
adequate to pray, "Lord, bless 
everybody in our family. Amen," or 
"Help all the missionaries sup- 
ported by our church," then "Bless 
all the politicians. Amen," is no 
better. 

We need to start reading the 
papers with renewed interest to 
see how "our" politicians are 
voting. We will want to hear them 
speak, perhaps at town meetings 
to watch them handle tough ques- 
tions. We will develop opinions 
about their personal character and 
their value systems. Surely we will 
want to discover whether they 
share our faith. Paul says that the 
ultimate end of our prayers is that 
all would "be saved and come to 
the knowledge of the truth." 

Intercessory prayer for our 
political officeholders is a clear 
political responsibility that Chris- 
tians have overlooked — to the 
detriment of the nation. But it's 
also one that can be remedied as 
soon as you decide to do it. 

Our second duty 

Intelligent prayer has a by- 
product that leads directly to our 
second duty. As you pray, you be- 
come aware that you are well 
served by one officeholder, but that 
another has a dependably disap- 
pointing voting record. The Lord 
seems to be answering some of 
your prayers, but not others. 

Since "faith without deeds is 
dead," after some months or years 
of praying, you might surprise 
yourself by joining a political cam- 
paign — maybe to keep one legis- 
lator or to replace another. And in 
this way you keep the Lord's com- 
mand concerning Caesar. 

How we "render to Caesar what 
is Caesar's" depends on how we 
identify the contemporary equi- 
valent of Caesar. Caesar was the 
final, unchallenged authority in 



the Roman Empire. We can 
eliminate the president, then, for 
his veto can be overridden by the 
House or the Senate. Congress is 
certainly not Caesar, because the 
Supreme Court can rule its laws 
unconstitutional. And the Supreme 
Court is not Caesar either, for 
Congress can make exceptions and 
regulations to its jurisdiction. 

The Constituion 

Only one "Caesar" remains, and 
"he" is none of the above. He is the 
Constitution. This, our final 
authority, controls the separated 
powers granted to the legislative, 
executive, and judicial branches of 
our government. 

The Constitution quite clearly 
spells out how we are to render to 
Caesar what is Caesar's. Article I, 
Section 2, just four lines into the 
body of the document, says, "The 
House of Representatives shall be 
composed of Members chosen 
every second Year by the People of 
the several States. . . ." Section 3 
was amended in 1913 so that the 
people, rather than the legislature, 
would directly elect their senators; 
and Article II outlines the peoples' 
responsibility for electing the 
president. 

Our Lord expects that the nor- 
mal pattern of Christian living will 
find His followers giving to Caesar 
what Caesar expects. Since there 
is no other way to put leaders into 
office in a democratic republic than 
for the people to choose them, we 
must be involved. Naturally, we 
would not wish to offend God by 
doing so irresponsibly, nor would 
we want to fail our nation by doing 
so ignorantly. That is why I add a 
crucial adjective as I define our 
duty to be informed involvement 
in politics. 

Our Christian political participa- 
tion will be more effective and less 
objectionable if it is individual 
rather than institutional. The 
church should not try to move 
politically as a church, but should 



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"One great advantage to having 10 percent of the church's 
members involved in the political parties is that they become 
a m,arvelous source of inform^ation about candidates and 
issues for the 90 percent who are doing other things. " 



strive to see that all its members 
are involved. When that is the pat- 
tern, no one can object, not even 
the Washington Post or an Internal 
Revenue Service attorney. 

This kind of mobilization would 
make a local congregation a force 
for righteousness in its community 
and in the nation. What a differ- 
ence Christians could make if all 
were politically active at the mini- 
mal level, a tithe of its menibers at 
the maximum level, and a quarter 
of its people at a moderate level. 

Voting Politics — 100 percent 
active at a minimum level 

It would be hard to argue that 
anything less than being regis- 
tered and then voting knowledge- 
ably would satisfy the minimum, 
basic demand of Christian citizen- 
ship. The ideal church would pub- 
licize registration deadlines, hold 
non-partisan voter registration 
drives in the church (possible in 
most places), and provide trans- 
portation to the polls for those who 
need it on Election Day. 

Unfortunately, there's some 
quirky thinking out there that 
even gets into the heads of evan- 
gelicals. On the Sunday in 1976 
after I lost my election to the U.S. 



Christian Citizenship 
Campaign 

In this presidential election year, 
the National Association of Evangel- 
icals is sponsoring a Christian 
Citizenship Campaign to enlist evan- 
gelical Christians to greater participa- 
tion in American public life. The aim 
ot the campaign is to arouse Chris- 
tians to a greater use of their re- 
sources in defense of religious liberty 
and godly values. 

Specific goals of the campaign are 
(1) to recruit one million evangelicals 
to pray more pointedly for political 
leaders and for the great issues of 
religious liberty, public morality, and 
national revival of our day; and (2) to 
register one million Christians to vote 
in the 1992 elections. 

tvlore information about this cam- 
paign will be forthcoming. 



Congress as a representative from 
Colorado's second district, my wife 
and I were worshiping in a large 
Denver church. As the first note of 
the organ postlude sounded, I found 
a woman gripping my elbow. "You 
don't know me, but I know you," 
she said earnestly. "It's just ter- 
rible that you lost on Tuesday. We 
need men like you in Washington." 
She complimented me for a 
minute, making a strong ex post 
facto case for my candidacy. Then, 
lowering her voice and turning 
toward my wife she confessed, "Of 
course, I didn't get out and vote for 
him. But I guess that didn't make 
any difference after all." Because I 
lost by more than one vote, she 
freely excused herself. 

Party Politics — 10 percent 
active at a maximum level 

By maximum political participa- 
tion, I do not refer to elected offi- 
cials or to people who earn their 
living as strategists or party staf- 
fers. I mean rather those volun- 
teers who accept the responsibility 
of working in the party of their 
choice. Many will serve as precinct 
committee members, whose ul- 
timate job is to deliver the vote in 
their precinct on Election Day. 
Others will be officers in county, 
state, or local party organizations. 

Not a huge amount of time is re- 
quired of the party's foot soldiers, 
but a willingness to work beyond 
the call of duty will lead to recog- 
nition and promotion. Inner city 
kids who've never drunk anything 
but homogenized milk may not 
realize it, but the cream always 
rises to the top. By virtue of their 
effectiveness, cooperative spirit, 
and dependability, some members 
of the party will move toward 
leadership. A few, who may have 
discovered an aptitude and liking 
for politics that they didn't know 
they had, will eventually become 
candidates — supported by their 
fellow party workers. 

One great advantage to having 
10 percent of the church's mem- 



6 



bers involved in the political par- 
ties is that they become a mar- 
velous source of information about 
candidates and issues for the 90 
percent who are doing other 
things. Their enthusiasm will cre- 
ate sufficient interest to guarantee 
a high-percentage voter turnout 
among their brothers and sisters 
in the church. 

Campaign Politics — 25 percent 
active at a moderate level 

Not only will the party activists 
inspire voter interest, but they will 
also recruit friends from the 
church to help in campaigns, so 
that 25 percent are walking 
precincts with literature or giving 
other tangible help: hosting a 
neighborhood coffee for a can- 
didate, volunteering in the cam- 
paign office, or making telephone 
bank calls. Believe the profes- 
sionals! Such volunteers, recruited 
by the most dedicated workers, are 
the people who determine the out- 
come of the election. 

Under any form of government, 
a Christian's first political assign- 
ment is intelligent intercession for 
politicians. Under our form of 
government, their second political 
responsibility is informed involve- 
ment in politics. If our churches 
resembled the ideal sketched 
above, we evangelicals could be a 
force for the kind of righteousness 
that "exalts a nation" and against 
the sin that is "a disgrace to any 
people." 

The Scriptures affirm and ex- 
perience attests that God works 
primarily through the body of 
Christ — the church — to ac- 
complish his objectives in the 
world. Even a cursory reading of 
the Old Testament will reveal how 
often his objectives were achieved 
through kings, lawmakers, or 
judges. Spiritually aware followers 
of Christ ought to be thinking 
through questions about how God 
may want to use the body of Christ 
to accomplish his purposes 
through politics in 1992. [f] 

The Brethren Evangelist 



Feeding on the Word 



By Richard C. Winfield, Editor 



MOST OF US don't need to be 
reminded to eat. In fact, a lot of us 
probably need just the opposite — some 
prodding to eat less often ("Cut out the 
snacks; don't eat between meals!") as 
well as a reminder to consume less 
when we do eat ("Skip the second help- 
ing; forget dessert!"). 

Unfortunately, in matters of the spirit 
the same doesn't seem to be true. In this 
realm, far too many of us appear to be 
on a starvation diet. 

Eating spiritual food 

Studying God's word is often likened 
to eating. Even the Bible does this. Peter 
exhorted the Christians to whom he 
wrote, "As newborn babes, desire the 
sincere milk of the word, that ye may 
grow thereby . . ." (1 Pet. 2:2, kjv). And 
the writer of the letter to the Hebrews 
challenged those Christians to move 
beyond drinking milk to eating the solid 
food of God's word. He says, "Anyone 
who lives on milk, being still an infant, 
is not acquainted with the teaching 
about righteousness. But solid food is 
for the mature, who by constant use 
have trained themselves to distinguish 
good from evil" (Heb. 5:13-14, niv). 

Delegates at General Conference last 
August recognized the importance of 
studying God's word when they ap- 
proved the third call to action presented 
by the General Conference Executive 
Committee in response to a recommen- 
dation by Moderator James Sluss. That 



call to action was that Breth- 
ren people make "A commit- 
ment to live a Christ-like life 
based on daily study [of] and 
obedience to His word." LJ III. 

Several things about this call 
to action bear emphasizing. 

First, it is a call to a commitment to 
live a Christ-like life. This is what being 
a Christian is about. When we believe in 
Christ, we are to learn of Him (become 
His disciples) in order that we might be 
like Him. 

Second, this call to action recognizes 
that one of the chief means to this end is 
daily study of and obedience to His 
word. How can we become like Christ if 
we do not know Him? And how can we 
learn of Him unless we read His word, 
which reveals Him? (Not just the Gos- 
pels, which tell about His earthly life, 
but all the scriptures, which reveal Him.) 

Do it daily 

Third, this call to action recognizes 
the importance of daily study of His 
word. Just as it is important to feed our 
physical bodies on a daily basis, it is 
important to provide our spiritual bodies 
nourishment every day as well. A per- 
son who goes without eating becomes 
weak and susceptible to illness. Like- 
wise, a person who doesn't feed on 
God's word is spiritually weak and less 
able to recognize and resist temptation. 

We are also called to daily study of 
God's word. Merely reading isn't enough. 




Someone has said, "Bible study is dis- 
covery . . . it's finding exciting ideas 
... its learning life-changing concepts 
. . . it's making God's Word plain."* 

Time and effort 

Bible study takes time and effort. It 
begins with thoughtful reading but can 
go far beyond that. You may want to 
use a felt tip marker to highlight sig- 
nificant words, phrases, or verses as you 
read. Many Bibles have references in 
the margins or at the bottom of the page 
that you can look up, which will provide 
more light on the passages. You can 
also use a Bible commentary to give 
you new insight. Ask your pastor or 
church librarian for suggestions. 

One of the most effective ways to 
study the Bible is by systematically 
working through a book or letter (study- 
ing a chapter or several verses of a 
chapter each day). This is far better than 
jumping around from book to book each 
day (which is one of the major weak- 
nesses of many daily devotional guides). 
(continued on page 9) 

"Dorothy Martin, Discovery is the 
Word, a tract published by the Laymen's 
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Walk the Path of Praise 

Ten tips to tuck into your spiritual backpack as you 
hike along life's trail — by G. Roger Schoenhals. 



LAST SUMMER I took my seven- 
year-old daughter Julie on her first 
back-packing trip. The two of us hiked 
about three miles and camped at a lake 
in the Cascade mountains. As we 
traveled along, I found myself tutoring 
her on trail etiquette and the basic prin- 
ciples of mountain hiking. 

"Take short, rhythmic steps," I in- 
structed. "Maintain a steady pace. 
Avoid giant strides, especially when 
climbing a steep incline. Breathe often 
and in pace to your walk. Always move 
to the inside of the trail when being 
passed by a hiker. Never litter. Don't 
run. Never hike alone. Watch where you 
walk." 

When we encountered hikers on the 
trail, I commented on the differences I 
observed. Some breezed along with 
light steps; others trudged forward 
wearily. I explained how good physical 
conditioning and common sense pay off. 

Upon our return home three days 
later, I reflected on our outdoor adven- 
ture. I began to find numerous connec- 

Mr. Schoenhals is a free-lance writer 
who lives in Seattle, Washington. 



tions between hiking and the Christian 
life, especially in relation to our calling 
to be a people of joy. Before long, I had 
a list of ten tips to help us walk the up- 
ward way. 

1. Follow Jesus. Jesus leads us up- 
ward and onward. He calls us higher in 
our love and knowledge of God. His 
word teaches us about praise and 
exhorts us to ground our rejoicing in 
God. He wants us to experience His joy 
so that our "joy may be complete" 
(Jn.l5:ll*). 

Many self-proclaimed guides tell us 
to look elsewhere for happiness. "Fol- 
low me and I will lead you to joy." "Try 
this and you will find fulfillment." But 
these valley-bound "experts" are only 
blind guides leading the blind. Jesus 
alone is the joy of living and only in 
Him can we experience the exhilaration 
of a truly happy heart. 

Some travelers rejoice only when 
things go well, as if their praise de- 
pended on circumstance. Looking unto 
Jesus ("the author and perfecter of our 
faith" [Heb. 12:2]) means that we focus 

'Quotations from the Bible are from 
the New International Version. 



our praise in Him step after step after 
step. As we walk, we rejoice in His 
power. His goodness. His love. And 
looking unto Him, we avoid the 
dangerous pitfalls along the way. 

2. Walk in the light. I once traveled 
a mountain trail in pitch darkness. Only 
the rays of a flashlight kept me going. 
Then the batteries went dead, and I was 
forced to stop and wait for the light of 
day. When we allow sin into our lives, 
the light of God's presence fades. We 
lose our way. But repentance and faith 
and renewed obedience to His word 
pour light upon the path. 

The path of praise is the path of 
obedience, of daily walking in the light 
of His word. When we go where the 
Leader goes and do what He says, we 
have reason to rejoice. We delight to do 
our Father's will. 

3. Stay on the trail. My son and I 
were hiking on a mountain last year and 
decided to save time by going cross 
country. We got ourselves in a mess, 
and it took several extra hours to pick 
our way back to the safety of the main 
trail. 

There are no short cuts to a life of 
praise. No easy roads. Joyful disciple- 
ship requires the discipline of sticking to 
the basics. Faithfulness and praise go 
hand in hand. 

4. Travel light. On my hike with 
Julie, I loaded her up with eight pounds. 
I bore fifty. After a mile or two I found 
myself re-evaluating the contents of my 
pack. We didn't really need that extra 
tarp, that extra sweater, that pound of 
bacon. We could have done fine with 
only one pocket knife and with less sil- 
verware. No need for that extra fishing 
equipment. The extra weight slowed me 
down. 

Filling a pack with bitterness and 
resentment makes the going tougher. 
Hauling the hurts of the past hampers 
progress. It's hard to be a light-footed 
Christian when we cling to besetting 
sins. 

5. Consider your destination. The 
best part of climbing a mountain is get- 
ting to the top. It makes all the pain and 
struggle worthwhile. As Julie and I 
walked along, I tried to describe what it 
would be like at the lake. The vision of 
our destination helped her keep moving 
forward. 

Jesus endured the way of the cross be- 
cause of "the joy set before him" 
(Heb. 12:2). Paul pressed on because of 
the promised "prize for which God has 
called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" 



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(Phil. 3:14). Pilgrim in Pilgrim's Prog- 
ress kept going because he had caught a 
glimpse of the heavenly city. 

We can get so downcast in our per- 
spective that we loose sight of the sum- 
mit. Our burdens are multiplied. We 
want to turn back. But heaven waits for 
the believer who endures to the end. As 
the gospel song says: "It will be worth 
it all when we see Jesus." 

6. Let Jesus carry your load. Dur- 
ing one stretch of trail Julie asked if I'd 
carry her pack. She knew her father 
would help her. I reached out and took 
her load and freed her to walk more 
easily along the path. 

Jesus speaks to us who are "burdened 
and heavy laden." He invites us to share 
our loads with Him. Peter put it like 
this: "Cast all your anxiety on him be- 
cause he cares for you" (1 Pet. 5:7). 

When we yield our burdens to God, 
we are free to walk tall and to raise our 
voices in praise. 

7. Stop for the pauses that refresh. 
When hiking a steep trail on a hot day, 
no pause refreshes like a drink of cold 
mountain water. I gave such a drink to a 
thirsty, tired Julie and watched her 
enjoy it. I was reminded of Jesus and 
the value He places on giving "a cup of 
cold water" in His name (Matt. 10:42). 

Serving others in Christ's name takes 
us out of ourselves and releases in us 
streams of praise to God. We rejoice 
when we are able to bring comfort to 
another. We are glad when the fresh 
waters of salvation wash clean a sin- 
ner's heart. The joy of Jesus belongs to 



us when we stop along the way to lend 
a helping hand. 

8. Enjoy the scenery. When I'm in 
the mountains, the beauty of it all calls 
to my inner being: "Praise! Come 
Forth!" And out from the depths bubble 
words of hymns like. This is My 
Father's World and How Great Thou 
Art. 

Walking along life's pathway, we can 
perceive the hand of God in the cir- 
cumstances of life. We can see His 
beauty in others. We can recognize His 
faithfulness and the bFessings He has 
poured upon us. 

If we let the Holy Spirit touch our 
eyes, we will see God's creative hand- 
work all around. Such magnificence will 
take our breath away. We will find our- 
selves giving praise to the Lord. 

9. Nourish yourself with good trail 
food. Prayer, Bible meditation, in- 
dividual and corporate worship, wit- 
nessing for Christ — these represent the 
nourishing manna God provides along 
the way. These high-energy foods keep 
us strong and healthy. We can go the 
second mile. We can make the summit. 

In preparing to climb Mt. Hood last 
year, I put together a special trail mix of 
nuts, dried fruits, and other nourishing 
foods. I wanted a balance of good foods 
to keep me going. We hikers along the 
path of praise need a balanced diet of 
God's manna to maximize our walk in 
Christ. 

10. Sing. It was raining as Julie and I 
hiked the homeward trail. She walked in 
front and I grinned as I followed her — 



not because she looked cute marching 
along in her green raincoat, but because 
she was singing. She was composing an 
endless song about little feet. "Lift them 
up, lay them down. Roll along. Move 
'em out. Let those little feet go. Even if 
you're name is Big Foot, it doesn't mat- 
ter. You've gotta keep right on moving 
along the trail. . . ." 

I smiled, too, because I noticed a 
relationship between her pace and her 
singing. When she stopped the music, 
she slowed down. But when she sang, 
she moved faster, lighter. My pace quick- 
ened as well. Her happiness helped me. 

I think of Paul and Silas singing 
praises at midnight in the Philippian jail 
(Acts 16). I think of the Psalmist and the 
repeated admonitions to sing the praises 
of God. I think of the great hymns of the 
church and the lift they bring. 

It's not easy to sing when the way is 
steep. But the word of God tells us to 
assert ourselves and choose praise, to 
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say 
it again: Rejoice!" (Phil. 4:4). 

Anyone can sing when the sun shines. 
But when the pelting rain of difficulty 
comes upon you, it takes a leap of faith 
to express praise. And when you think 
about it, it's only when you don't feel 
up to it that you can truly offer to God 
the sacrificial gift of a rejoicing heart. 

You've probably thought of other 
comparisons between hiking and walk- 
ing the path of praise. Add them to the 
list. Then keep all of these pointers 
handy for ready reference as you travel 
along the upward way. [j] 



Feeding on the Word 

(continued from page 7) 
But there are also other helpful and 
interesting approaches to Bible study. 
One of these is the biographical ap- 
proach. Choose a major character - 
Abraham, Sarah, Moses, Ruth, David, 
Solomon, Peter, Paul — and over the 
course of several days (or longer) read 
everything the Bible records about that 
person. A concordance is useful in 
locating the passages that speak about 
the person, and a Bible dictionary can 
provide helpful information. 

Another approach is to do a word 
study. When reading the Bible, you 
may find certain words that attract 
your attention. By using a concord- 
ance, you can find other passages that 
use this same word, which you can 
then look up and study. 



Similar to this is the topical ap- 
proach, in which you choose a topic — 
such as salvation, resurrection, 
covenant, atonement — then study 
what the Bible teaches on this topic. 
Again a Bible dictionary and a concor- 
dance are helpful. 

Despite what was said above about 
study being more than just reading, it 
is helpful from time to time to just 
read straight through a book or letter. 
So much of our contact with the Bible 
(through sermons, Bible studies, or 
personal study) is piecemeal, and we 
never see the books as a whole. There- 
fore it is good from time to time to 
read a book of the Bible through from 
beginning to end. Shorter books and 
letters can be read at one sitting; long- 
er ones in two or more installments. 

But no matter what approach we 
use, the result of our study should be 



obedience to what the Bible teaches. 
Obedience is one of the keys to under- 
standing God's word. We need to obey 
the truth we know in order to under- 
stand further truth. Jesus said, "Who- 
ever has my commands and obeys 
them, he is the one who loves me. He 
who loves me will be loved by my 
Father, and I too will love him and 
show myself to him" (Jn. 14:21, Niv). 

And this brings us back to the begin- 
ning of this call to action — a commit- 
ment to live a Christ-like life. As we 
read, study, and obey His word, we in- 
deed become more like Christ. 

As I said at the top, most of us don't 
need to be reminded to eat — physical 
food, that is. But perhaps many of us 
need a little nudging to get us feeding 
on God's word every day. Maybe this 
call to action from General Conference 
is what we need to get us going, [j] 



March 1992 



Honoring Our Older Pastors 



Do not cast me off in the time of old 

age; 
Do not forsake me when my strength 

fails. Psalm 71:9* 

As for the days of our life, they con- 
tain seventy years. 

Or if due to strength, eighty years. 

Yet their pride is but labor and sor- 
row; 

For it is gone and we fly away. 

Psalm 90:10 

ACCORDING to information 
contained in The Brethren 
Encyclopedia, The Brethren Church 
as of December 31, 1991, had 30 
pastors who had reached at least 
the age of "three score and ten." 
(In fact the two oldest turned 
ninety in 1991, seven are in their 
eighties, and the remaining 21 are 
in their seventies.) 

What do we do for pastors who 
have reached this age? 

Some of them are called upon to 
serve as interim pastors, pastors of 
golden age groups, visitation 
leaders, and Sunday school teach- 
ers. And some continue to be 
elected to various boards and com- 
mittees, thus giving them an op- 
portunity to share their wisdom £ind 
experience and providing us the 
opportunity to be blessed thereby. 

While others may not be as ac- 
tively involved in the work of the 
church, let us hope that none have 
been "cast off and forgotten." 

A gray head is a crown of glory; 
It is found in the way of righteous- 
ness. Proverbs 16:31 

Following are the names and the 

'Scriptxire quotations are taken from 
the New American Standard Bible. 

Rev. Walk is pastor of the Fremont, 
Ohio, Brethren Church. 

While the writer made every effort to 
provide correct information, mistakes 
may have been made. Please inform the 
editor of any omissions or of any incor- 
rect dates. 



By William D. Walk 

years of birth of those who were 70 
or older by the end of 1991. Each 
of us probably knows one or more 
of these men. May I suggest that 
you take the initiative to express 
your appreciation to one or more of 
these men by sending a card, call- 
ing on the telephone, or possibly 
even making a visit. If you need an 
address or phone number, ask 
your pastor for assistance. 

Arthur H. Tinkel, 1901 

Delbert Flora, 1901 

LE. Lindower, 1903 

Hays Logan, 1906 

Clarence Kindley, 1906 

W.E. Thomas, 1907 

J. Ray Klingensmith, 1907 

George Hagenbuch, 1910 

Albert Curtrlght, 1911 

John Byler, 1912 

Bruce Shanholtz, 1913 

J. Edgar Berkshire, 1913 

Percy Miller, 1914 



W. Clayton Berkshire, 1915 

John Turley, 1915 

Smith Rose, 1915 

G. Bright Hanna, 1916 

M. Virgil Ingraham, 1916 

Herbert Gilmer, 1917 

Wayne Swihart, 1917 

Roy Amstutz, 1917 

Eugene Beekley, 1917 

Robert Holsinger, 1918 

Woodrow Immel, 1918 

William Kerner, 1918 

C. William Cole, 1919 

Charles Munson, 1919 

Fredrick Snyder, 1921 

Robert Byler, 1921 

Doc Shank, 1921 

Let it not be said of the Brethren 
that we let our pastors "fly away" 
without receiving our appreciation. 
And let us also give God glory for 
the opportunity we have had to 
minister in God's kingdom along 
with these brothers. [f] 




What does God 
want you to do 
this summer? 

Maybe you should consider a short- 
term ministry trip. 

As announced earlier, the Short- 
Term Ministry Task Force is organizing a week-long oppor- 
tunity to minister in inner city Chicago. Opportunities may 
include construction, evangelism, serving the homeless, and 
helping to support the work of Jesus People USA. 

Who can go? People ages 17 to 117. Families are wel- 
come and may bring younger children. The size of the group 
is limited to 20. The cost of the trip is $50 per person, plus 
travel expenses. 

For more information, write the S.T.M. Task Force, c/o 
The Brethren Church National Office, 524 College Ave., Ash- 
land, OH 44805. 



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Volume 5, Number 4 



THE POET'S PEN 

Letters — 1 get letters, so goes Perry 
Como's song! I will refer to a few in 
this newsletter. The letter from Ethel 
Naff in Woodstock, Virginia, is very 
unusual. In November, she wrote, "As 
we travel around the country, we have 
seen several old churches boarded up. 
In some towns there are churches no 
longer in use. 1 was concerned why 
this should be, and I began to think 
that someday this could be some of our 
churches. 

"I could see that it could easily hap- 
pen. I thought about how people only 
seem to have time for themselves and 
their work and only whatever might be 
left over is for the Lord. 

"After thinking of these things for 
several days, the Lord gave me this 
poem. I am happy to share it with the 
WMS ladies." 

TOO BUSY! 

A deserted old church one day I did 
see. 
And it made me wonder just how it 
could be. 
Seemed once 'twas a beautiful church 
on the hill. 
But now, windows were broken, 
paint starting to peel. 
The door, it was sagging; the lock, it 
was gone: 
The appearance of it was simply 
run down. 
The cross on the steeple was tar- 
nished and worn. 
Those who once worshipped there 
have long been gone. 
A rustic old sign on the door I did 
see. 
With just two faded words, "TOO 
BUSY!" 

It was heartbreaking to see that old 
church so run down, 
1 wanted to know why, so 1 en- 
quired around. 

I'm told at one time it was "THE" 
place to be. 
Every Sunday it was filled to 
capacity. 

They came early for worship, stayed 
for Sunday School too; 



To Midweek Prayer and Bible 

Study they would come too. 
They called on the unchurched, and 

visited the sick, 
They helped around the church 

when there were things to be 

fixed. 
Seems the Lord had first place, right 

from the start; 
They desired to love and to serve 

Hun with all of their heart. 

As time went by, their love turned to 
greed. 
They no longer trusted God to supp- 
ly every need. 
Midweek Prayer and Bible Study 
were the first to go. 
They had gardens to weed, and the 
grass to mow. 
They said, "I worked hard all day, 
I'm just too tired." 
Stayed home to watch TV, and rest 
by the fire. 
To visit the sick, the lost or new 
neighbor, 
That too took time from all of their 
labor. 
To serve on a committee or teach 
Sunday School class; 
Work at the church, "Sorry, too 
busy, must pass!" 

Soon Sunday School ceased, the 
crowds they got smaller; 
The time for The Lord was down to 
one hour. 
It wasn't long till this too was gone; 
No more sermons, or praying or 
singing of song. 
Their love for The Savior had 
dwindled away; 
They forgot the price The dear 
Savior had paid. 
They forgot the promise to Him they 
had made — 
To serve Him forever, to obey and 

to love. 
Storing up treasures for their Home 
above. 

That night I had a disturbing dream; 
I saw around me a bright shining 

beam. 
The Lord that I loved had beckoned 

me come; 



My time here on earth was now 
done. 
With joy in my heart I entered 
Heaven's gate. 
To see my new mansion, I could 
hardly wait. 
My heart beat fast, what a sight to 
behold; 
Such beauty I saw could never be 
told! 
Down the golden streets, past man- 
sions so bright; 
The Lord led the way, I was awed 
by the sight. 

"Which one is mine?" The dear Lord 
1 asked. 
He said, "None, my child." And we 
continued and passed. 
As we came to the end of the golden 
street. 
The dwellings were smaller, some 
not so neat. 
"Yours," He said, of a cabin on a hill. 
The paint on the door was starting 
to peel 
The windows were broken, the grass 
had grown. 
The door was sagging, about to fall 
down. 
A sign on the door, I could barely see, 
With two simple words, "TOO 
BUSY!" 

"Where's my mansion. Lord?" I cried. 
"This, my dear child, is all you sup- 
plied. 
You loved Me, 'tis true. That's why 
you are here. 
But your obedience and service, I 
never knew. 
When I needed your help, you were 
never around. 
But time for yourself seemed to 
abound. 
You were so busy to earn a large pay. 
Laying up treasure for a future day. 
Where your treasure is, there your 
heart will be; 
Yours was on earth, not here with 
Me." 

My sad heart was pounding, I awoke 
with a start; 
My mind was awhirl as I lay in the 
dark. 

(continued on page 2) 



"WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WOMEN PRAY" 

These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the 
women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brethren. Acts 1:14 



Soon after the Christmas decora- 
tions were packed back in their boxes, 
I decided that we should rearrange the 
living room furniture. (Notice that 
we?) This meant emptying book shel- 
ves, moving the piano, and ad in- 
finitum — you women understand. 

I sorted books, some were marked 
for the book sale at the city library, 
others were some I wanted to re-read, 
and others were designated for various 
shelves. 




The we turned into he. One day I 
came home and Dorman had the room 
rearranged. That was a good surprise! 
And the books are in the proper places. 
The first in my group to re-read is 
What Happens When Women Pray by 
Evelyn Christenson. That's for us, I 
decided; we are women and we pray, 
but what happens? (This was a read- 
ing book a few years ago; well worth 
re-reading.) 

Sometimes we proceed enthusiasti- 
cally with an idea — we think it's a 
good idea — and we want to implement 
it now. Not until the enthusiasm 
wanes, the helpers quit helping, and 
all else fails, does someone suggest 
that we pray about this. Or, "When all 
else fails, read the directions!" 

The author emphasizes pray first 
and plan afterward. "With one accord" 
and "according to God's will" should be 
our slogan throughout the day. Your 
"closet of prayer" can be a quiet comer 
where only you and God Eire together; 
or at times it may be at the kitchen 
sink or driving. It is important to know 
that you can meet God every place; He 
is with you. 

Mrs. Christenson teaches 6 rules for 
group intercessory praying in one ac- 
cord, based on Acts 1:14, the text 
printed above. Notice the phrase "with 
the women." The occasion was Jesus's 
transfiguration into heaven; the dis- 
ciples and the women went into the 
upper room and prayed. 

1. Subject by subject. The leader 
gives 1 prayer request. Each in- 
dividual prays a sentence prayer for 
that one request. Then the leader gives 
another. 

2. Short prayers. When I was 
young, we had sentence prayers — 
literally — in youth meetings and Sun- 



day School classes. Everyone prayed 
one sentence. Since then, "paragraph" 
or "chapter" prayers by a few have dis- 
couraged those not accustomed to 
praying audibly. Hence, many do not 
pray. Resume the sentence prayer. 

3. Simple prayers. Put yourself on 
the level of a shy pray-er. By praying 
simply, you will encourage another. 

4. Specific prayer requests and 
specific answers dated are a means of 
seeing how God has answered your 
prayers. Then praise Him! 

5. Silent periods. Praying should be 
a 2-way communication, but frequent- 
ly we do all the talking and don't listen 
to God. The silent time is for hearing 
God. Are we afraid of silence? Have 
you noticed how someone will clear her 
throat? rustle pages in the book? im- 
patiently tap a toe? She is being rude 
to God. 

6. Small groups. It is much easier 
for a shy pray-er to pray audibly in a 
group of 3-4, encouraged by the simple 
method and supported by her sisters. 

Throughout the book I am reminded 
of confession before praying, "If I 
regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord 
will not hear me" Psalm 66:18. And I 
am reminded, too, that prayer is more 
than lipservice. We are talking to God, 
our Heavenly Father. Prayer was im- 
portant to our Lord; it should be to us. 

All this because I wanted to move 
the furniture. You know, I think I 
liked it better the other way! 



LOOK! 




(continued from page 1) 
Could the church that caused this 
dream be my church someday? 
So many have time only for their 
work and their play. 
My heart was full of sadness and woe, 
I had failed The dear Lord Who has 
loved me so. 
I got to my knees right there and 
then, 
"Forgive me, Lord, for how selfish 
I've been. 
TOO BUSY!' to serve You, never let 
me be. 
But willing to say, 'Here am I, USE 
ME!' 

— Ethel Rae Naff 



SEE THIS 



This year's WMS project is helping 
to acquire an orphanage for the girls in 
India. Presently, 10 girls are housed in 
a section of the boys' orphanage. Their 
own building would provide a home for 
more girls. Like the boys, all the girls 
are "adopted," meaning their living 
costs (board and room) are contributed 
by churches, individuals, Sunday 
School classes, etc. And like the boys, 
the girls receive training in a trade, so 
when they return home, they can sup- 
port themselves and help with their 
families. Sewing is a favorite trade of 
the girls; although the boys learning 
woodworking, mechanics, or typing, 
some become evangelists. The girls' or- 
phanage was inaugurated October 6, 
1990, when Jim Black visited and 
helped with the celebration. 

Over the last few years, our annual 
project offering has averaged $10,800. 
This is probably 1/3 the cost of a build- 
ing suitable for a girls' orphanage. It 
would be a joy for all of us — the WMS 
ladies, the Missionary Board, the In- 
dian mission, and the girls — if our 
project offering this year exceeded the 
average! Perhaps in August we can 
give Vi the cost of a building ($16,000). 

As women we should be concerned 
for the welfare of these girls. I am glad 
to know that Prasanth and Nirmala 
Kumar have rescued 10 from the 
streets to grow and mature in a Chris- 
tian, safe, secure, home atmosphere. 
What a wonderful privilege for those 
10 from the country of millions to be 
reared in the Brethren orphanage! We 
pray their lives will be lights in that 
country. 



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HERE'S AN IDEA! 



The Lanark Friendship Circle pack- 
ed shoeboxes for 13 of their unmarried, 
young people who are away from home 
attending college. (Those who live at 
home have their moms and dads for 
TLC.) Each lady brought a few items, 
which ranged from tooth paste, 
microwave pop corn, note paper, 
stamps, candy, etc. The boxes were 
mailed in time for Valentine's Day. 

The Williamstown ladies held a 
House of Lloyds party with all the new 
toys sent to Lost Creek, Ky. On an- 



other occasion they held an auction of 
homemade soups, crafts, odds 'n' ends, 
which netted $285.00. 

The ladies at Mountain View Breth- 
ren Church in Frederick, Maryland, 
have formed a support group of Ladies 
Weight Loss, which is a Christian 
study leading to behavior modification 
and weight loss. They meet at Linda 
Beekley's home. Because they are a 
new group and not organized into a 
WMS, support and encourage them 
with your special prayers. 



Mssiomry <jMscdlcmj 



The March missionaries-of-the- 
month are Miguel and Sonia Antunez 
and their son, Carlos, who are native 
missionaries in Peru. Since they could 
not return to the States and complete 
seminary training in Ashland, they are 
working among their own people. 

Allen Baer, a very busy, self- 
employed man in Buenos Aires, is the 
April missionary. Allen teaches and 
serves in many capacities in the 
church. 

Juan Carlos and Maria Miranda 
have traveled in Argentina and 
Paraguay on an administrative trip 
during February, returning home 
March 12. Though they may be home 
when you read this, support them with 
your prayers while they catch up on 
the business which accumulated 
during their trip. 

In November we asked for prayer for 
the Medina, Ohio, church. This church 
was started several years ago, and 
then went through a period of inac- 
tivity and almost closure. Two yesirs 
ago the six remaining people asked the 
national Missionary Board to become 
involved again in the church. After 
much prayer, the Board agreed. Terry 
Colley was called to be the pastor; he 
and his family moved into the city and 
have worked hard to present the 
gospel of Jesus Christ; the northern 
Ohio churches helped with "The 
Phone's for You" campaigrn; prayers 
and offerings continued. Despite this 
work and effort, results have been few. 
Therefore, the church was closed as of 
December 31. 

March-April 1992 



A Christmas letter came from Bill 
and Sharon Winter. This year Sharon 
is the elementary librarian, after 
teaching for 15 years. Bill was heavily 
involved with the Billy Graham 
Crusade in mid-November, held in 
Buenos Aires. The site was just 10 
blocks from their home, but the 
Crusade reached all of Latin America 
via satellite. Bill helped to coordinate 
the local and "imported" sound sys- 
tems and personnel. It was a great 
thrill to be involved in this ministry! 
The highest attendance at the stadium 
was approximately 84,000. 

Together they are working in a pilot 
project in an established congregation 
on the other side of Buenos Aires, chal- 
lenging the pastor and members to 
find new ways to reach the people 
around them. 

They came north for their vacation 
in January to help Sharon's parents 
(Bill and Elsie Fells) to celebrate their 
50th wedding anniversary in the 
Phoenix area. 

These final recipes, which Sally 
Saunders sent from Mexico, sound 
delicious! 

Friioles de olla (Pot Beans') 
1 cup dried pinto or red kidney beans 
4-5 cups cold water 

1 small onion, peeled and qusirtered 

2 cloves garlic, peeled and 1 minced 
2 Tblsp. shortening 

1 onion, peeled and finely chopped 
salt 

In a large soup pot, simmer the 
beans in water with the quartered 
(continued on page 4) 



"District "J^oingt 



Alberta Holsinger, the Ohio presi- 
dent, wrote to the Ohio societies and 
gave me her letter with important 
dates to remember: 

March 14 — District conference at 
West Alexandria 

April 25 — Miami Valley rally at 
New Lebanon 

April 25 — Northeast rally at Can- 
ton Trinity. The speaker will be Mary 
Bomtrager, author of two of our read- 
ing circle books: ELLIE and REBECCA. 

She challenged each society to select 
one area of the Object of WMS (Article 
II), "to promote Christian culture, to 
do Home and Foreign mission work, to 
raise funds for enlarging the borders of 
the church, to disseminate the prin- 
ciples of Christian religion, and to ad- 
vance Christian womanhood," and find 
as many ways as you can to achieve it. 
This will be discussed at district con- 
ference. 

You may remember that Alberta 
spent last conference in the hospital, 
not with us. Now she feels just fine 
and is very appreciative of your 
prayers and love. 




Cathy Holler wrote about the Nap- 
panee ladies' public service Sunday 
evening, January 12. It was a Festival 
of Music, presented by the Goshen 
children's violin group, who have been 
taught the Suzuki method, and the 
Wakarusa United Methodist bell choir, 
who played mainly Christmas carols. 
The co-vice presidents, Benita Shaw 
and Anne Beachy, planned the service. 
Judy Weaver gave the welcome and 
directed the congregational songs; Jill 
Hardesty was the pianist; Cathy 
Holler read Psalm 98, which talks 
about praising the Lord with instru- 
ments. A reception followed the ser- 
vice. 

Joyce Michael reported for the 
Friendship Circle in Lanark, which 
entertained the Neoma Circle for the 
Christmas salad supper on December 
16. Each member of the hostess society 
personally invited two ladies to be her 
guests, and each hostess member took 
two salads (either meat, vegetable, 
fruit, or dessert) for the supper. Rolls 
(continued on page 4) 



District Doings (continued) 

and beverages were furnished. Seven 
ladies were seated at each table, which 
was appropriately decorated with a 
large fabric square in the center and 
votive candles floating in assorted 
goblets. (The water reflected the 
flame.) Favors for the guests were 
gingerbread girls with a scarf which 
matched the fabric centerpiece. 

Sharon Witt opened the evening by 
giving a Christmas reading and Kris 
Hardacre, president, gave the blessing 
for the meal. Following the delicious 
supper, a fun event was the Christmas 
version of the TV program, Win, Lose 
or Draw, using familiar song titles or 
phrases. Paulette Rahn read "Candle 
of Faith" followed by carol singing, led 
by Anita Hollewell and accompanied 
by Julie Schiefer. Kris read "Jesus is 
the Light" and the evening concluded 
with the singing of Silent Night. 



Missionary Miscellany (continued) 

onion, whole garlic clove, and 1 Tblsp 
shortening for 1-1/2 hours or until 
nearly tender. (If you lift out a spoon- 
ful and blow on it, the skins will break 
open a little and wrinkle.) In a frying 
pan, fry the chopped onion and 
crushed garlic in the remaining shor- 
tening until nicely browned. Using a 
soup ladle, transfer 1 or 2 ladles of 
beans at one time with their liquid 
into the frying pan and fry, mashing 
with a wooden spoon, until thick and 
the liquid is reduced. Tip contents of 
the frying pan back into the soup pot 
and add salt to taste. (Never add salt 
to beans at the beginning; that 
toughens them.) Simmer for 30 
minutes until rich and tasty. 

Re-fried Beans 

Prepare pot beans, blend in food 
processor or blender until smooth. Fry 
until thick. 

Molletes 

Thick slices of French bread, cut in 
half 

Re-fried beans 

Slices of Cheddar cheese 

Spread the bread with the bean 
puree, top each slice with a cheese 
slice. Brown quickly in broiler or 
toaster oven until cheese melts and 
bread is lightly toasted. 

M-m-m; they sound good. Tom and 
Sally are very appreciative of our 
prayer support during Tom's illness 
and recuperation. He is feeling much 
better. Sally is employed at Raintree, a 
residential facility for severely 
developmentally handicapped adults 
and children in Mainsfield. 



Tlit'lditPr's Bidw^ 



Dear Friend, 

I love to receive letters! 



Happy Gram 



u 



Two special 
notes CEune with Christmas cards; one 
expressed her appreciation for the 
newsletter. She is inside most of the 
time, so this brings her news from 
around the world. The other note 
merely said, "Remember Habakkuk 
3:17-19." Until then, I had only 2:20 
underlined in that book. Just below it 
are these gems! 

Some of my letters this month re- 
ferred to the directory of the January- 
February issue. Since this isn't the 
most exciting information, I am 
pleased to know that some of you read 
this — at least about your local or- 
ganization. I learned that some of the 
officers' names are incorrect. I will ex- 
plain why. 

In some instances, the statistical 
report was not returned on time (by 
July 1), and so I listed last year's of- 
ficers. At least we have given a contact 
within that society, and I hope the one 
listed as president will pass the com- 
munications she receives to the proper 
lady. 

As a reminder, the statistical report 
which your society receives in the 
spring is to be returned to the district 
president by July 1; she returns it 
quickly to the national general 
secretary by July 10, so all the statis- 
tics can be compiled and printed for 
General Conference. If you want ac- 
curate information, we need to main- 
tain a schedule! I apologize for 
printing outdated information, but this 
is the reason. 

"All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name" 
is one of my favorite hymns. With the 
scriptural basis of Philippians 2:9-11, 
the hymn calls for honor, adoration, 
and respect for our Lord. This is an 
outstanding missionary hymn. Think 
of these words: "Let every kindred (na- 
tion), every tribe (group) on this ter- 
restrial ball (the earth, world), to Him 
all majesty ascribe (give honor) and 
crown Him Lord of all." Not very often 
do we talk about our world in the term 
"this terrestrial ball," so we could sing 
the words but not really think about 
the meaning. 

March is World Missionary month 
for our denomination. When your wor- 
ship service includes this hymn in 
March or at any time, sing with praise 
and honor. Think on the words. When 
we join others in Heaven (those from 



around the world) and meet the King 
of Kings (Rev. 19:16), together we'll 
crown Him Lord of All! What a 
wonderful Easter and Christian hymn! 

Dorman and I have enjoyed another 
experience with our family. In 
January, Margaret's husband, Don 
Matthews, was ordained to the priest- 
hood in the Episcopal Church. You 
may remember that I told you three 
years ago they had moved to 
Rochester, New York, for seminary. 
Those years of education were full of 
new experiences and maturing. After 
graduation in May, Don was ordained 
a deacon, similar to the ordination of 
deacon in our denomination, then the 
next step led to priesthood. This was 
the culmination of anticipation and 
preparation, and is the continuation of 
their lives in service. 

Don and Margaret live in Conneaut, 
Ohio, with Amie and Evie. He is the 
priest for three small churches, they 
are part of a four-church cluster. Each 
church is independent, they just share 
their pastor. Services, business meet- 
ings, reports, etc., are done three 
times! 

The ordination service was rich in 
tradition and very meaningful. It is a 
joy to participate with other believers 
in the family of God. 

Mark your calendar for August 3-7 
for General Conference in Ashland. 
Early information will be given in the 
next issue, but start to plan now. 

A limited number of FAITH AND 
FORTITUDE, the biographies of WMS 
presidents by Jerry and Julie Flora, 
are available from the Brethren 
Church national office, 524 College 
Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805. The 
cost is $6.00 plus $1.25 for first-class 
postage. Ohio residents need to add 
$.36 tax. 

For recycling, send (1) Campbell 
Soup labels to Riverside Christian 
School, Lost Creek, Kentucky 41348; 
(2) fronts only of greeting and 
Christmas cards to Brethren Care, 
2000 Center Street, Ashland, Ohio 
44805 or to St. Jude's Ranch for 
Children, 100 St. Jude's Street, P. O. 
Box 985, Boulder City, Nevada 89005- 
0985. 

REMEMBER: PROJECT — GIRLS- 
ORPHANAGE IN INDIA. 

Your friend. 




Joan 
Woman's Outlook Newsletter 



World Missions 



A Call to 
Missionary Evangelism 

By James R. Black 
Executive Director of the Missionary Board of the Brethren Church 



I DON'T RECALL the source of the 
information, but I remember reading 
a story told by Dr. R.A. Torrey. On one 
occasion he was sp)eaking in Australia, 
and in attendance at the meeting was a 
large group of Chinese people. Dr. 
Torrey related that one evening he 
made the statement that "Everyone is a 
child of God or a child of the devil." 

The following night when the invita- 
tion was extended, the entire group of 
Chinese people came forward in 
response to the challenge. One man 
desired to testify. He said, "I was here 
last night and heard Dr. Torrey say 
that everyone is a child of God or a 
child of the devil. I knew I was not a 
child of God," he continued, "so I 
must be a child of the devil. I made up 
my mind that I would be a child of his 
no longer." 

Conversion. Change. New Birth. 
That's what the message of the gospel 
is all about. And the message and pur- 
pose of the church and her mission 
must have as the "bottom line" the 
conversion of the lost. I really believe 
this to be true. 

Changing methods 

Just as with most other things, the 
approach to missions seems to be con- 
stantly changing. The message does 
not change, but the means of promul- 
gating the message does. In dealing 
with the planting of churches in other 
cultures, for instance, "indigenous" 
principles have given way to "contex- 
tualization." Today we read or hear 
almost daily of the "paradigm shifts" 
within missions and mission agencies 
and the church. I guess that's a fancy 
way of saying, "Hey, people, things 
are changing!" 

But some things never change, and 
we must keep this truth in mind. I 
believe we run considerable risk of be- 
coming too professional and mechani- 
cal, and therefore overlook or ignore 



the simple purpose of missions (if, in- 
deed, the purpose is ever "simple"). 
This is true of our own "personal" mis- 
sions as well as that which is by defini- 
tion "cross-cultural." We must never 
lose sight of the fact that missions 
demand a love for the souls of human- 
kind. Whether we are "foreign" mis- 
sionaries, "short term" or "career," or 
the tremendously necessary support- 
ing, encouraging, and praying people 
who remain at home, the truth remains 
that we must have that "soul love." 

Passionless indifference 

It has been somewhere said that the 
trouble with Christianity today is not 
so much ignorance as indifference. 
This may be all too true! We need to 
ask ourselves, "Have we lost our pas- 
sion for the lost of this world?" 

The Brethren Church, I believe, has 
a good missions philosophy. The Mis- 
sionary Board, even with its budget 
shortfalls, has enjoyed wonderful sup- 
port from most congregations within 
our fellowship. And we thank you. I 
fear, however, that too many of us still 
see missions only as a denominational 
program worthy of our budgetary con- 
sideration rather than seeing it as the 
purpose of the church. 

That great missionary of New Testa- 
ment days, the Apostle Paul, spoke of 
the mission of the church in his second 
letter to the Corinthians. A reading of 
the letter (and in particular chapter 
five) makes us aware of the fact that 
although nothing is more wonderful 
and life-changing than the gospel (v. 
17), with "new life" comes great 
respxjnsibility. God has committed the 
message of reconciliation" to those of 
us who are the church (v. 19). He says 
that we are therefore "Christ's ambas- 
sadors" (v. 20). 

Brethren that's missions! Brethren, 
that's missionary! Here in the United 
States, across the street, in the work 



place, at 
school. 


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was not given for our personal ad- 
vantage; it is to be shared. And it is to 
be shared beyond our borders: in 
Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Paraguay, 
Argentina, India, Malaysia, Japan, or 
wherever we Brethren are privileged to 
minister. We must ever and always 
keep in mind our purpose. It is the 
sharing of the message of the Gospel 
of Jesus Christ (John 3:16-18). 

David Hesselgrave in his book. 
Today 's Choices for Tomorrow 's Mis- 
sion, writes: "There can be no question 
about it: the situation in world mission 
today demands that some hard choices 
be made by churches and their leaders. 
. . . the pastors and leaders of our 
churches must decide that they exist 
for mission; mission does not exist for 
them." 

A fresh emphasis 

Brethren, I believe a fresh emphasis 
on missionary evangelism will change 
our denomination and congregations 
for the better. Power, attendance, spir- 
itual life, finances, church growth and 
more would all be positively affected 
by such an emphasis. 

Let's take inventory of our effective- 
ness in missionary evangelism. It may 
demand some changes. But I think 
that's OK. Don't you? [t] 



Maech 1992 



11 



World Missions 



What a Difference 
Fifty Years Can Make! 



BACK IN 1941, Dr. Charles F. 
Yoder returned to Argentina to be- 
gin the work of the Missionary Board 
of the Brethren Church. Yes, he was 
our first missionary to that country in 
1909, but the denominational changes 
of 1939 made it necessary to restart the 
work. 

A fateful visit 

In June of 1941, Dr. Yoder visited 
the city of Rosario. Some church work 
had been going on there for a few 
months by workers who had decided 
to stay with our group. This was Dr. 
Yoder's first visit to Rosario following 
his return from the United States. 

Since the seasons are reversed in 
South America as compared to North 
America, June is a very cold month 
down there. Later that year The 
Brethren Evangelist reported this, 
saying, "Those were very cold nights, 
and many people were sick due to the 
bad weather." 

Well, I was one of those who were 
sick, but my father and mother had 
been invited to attend a series of evan- 
gelistic meetings conducted by Dr. 
Yoder. By the weekend I was able to 
attend. I was only eight years old at the 
time (see the picture below), but I still 
remember that soon thereafter my 
parents and I joined The Brethren 
Church in Rosario. Little did we know 

This arti- 
cle was writ- 
ten by the 
young man 
in the pic- 
ture to the ^^^Vi j" 
right. If you ^^^ 
guess who he 
is, the Mis- 
sionary Board may send you an up- 
dated picture so that you can pray for 
him. (If you don't know who he is, see 
page 3.). 




then how the future of our lives would 
be affected as a direct result of those 
missionary efforts. 

Many things have happened since 
then. From that one church alone, in a 
period of a few years, the Lord called 
eight young people to full-time minis- 
try, including my wife and me. Other 
workers joined Dr. Yoder and the na- 
tional workers to extend the ministry 
of The Brethren Church in Argentina. 

Many churches have been planted 
since. New challenges are presented 
even as you read this article. New 
locations have been started or are 
being considered to plant new Breth- 
ren churches. One of our older con- 
gregations is going through a "Greater 
Buenos Aires Growth Plan," which is 
expected to become a model for other 
congregations. 

Several young people are preparing 
for future ministry. Most of them will 
probably become bi-vocational pastors 
because of the economic situation of 
the country. Most of the work there is 
self-supporting, except for evangelism 
and extension work in both Argentina 
and Paraguay, which is conducted by 
the Argentine Missionary Committee 
with the financial support of the Mis- 
sionary Board of the Brethren Church 
in Ashland, Ohio. 

Yes, 50 years have gone by. What a 
difference 50 years can make! 

is mission worl< worthwhile? 

You may be asking yourself, "Is 
mission work worthwhile?" I believe 
that it is, and I hope and pray that you 
agree. You see, if faithful Brethren had 
not supported Dr. C.F. Yoder so that 
he could return to Argentina, who 
knows where I would be now! Wliere 
would hundreds of other people be 
today if The Brethren Church had not 
had an aggressive evangelistic work in 
Argentina? I can think of many others 
in addition to my wife and me whose 



lives would have been entirely dif- 
ferent today. 

But because the Brethren of those 
days cared, prayed, and gave for mis- 
sions, today we know Jesus as our 
Lord and Savior and we are serving in 
Christian ministry. 

Were the Brethren in the United 
States different 50 years ago? Were 
they more concerned about missions 
than the Brethren of today? Did they 
have more money to give for mission- 
ary work? Were churches more mis- 
sion-minded and pastors and local 
church leaders more interested in the 
outreach and missionary program of 
our denomination 50 years ago than 
we are today? 

We can do more 

You may have some other questions 
to add to this list. But I would like to 
think that our potential and interest is 
even greater now. Our resources are 
greater. Our potential has not even 
been tapped. I believe in today's 
Brethren, and I am sure that together 
we can do more. 

Yes, 50 years have brought many 
changes in each one of our lives. If 
you don't think so, look at the picture 
of this writer. (Or look at your own 
picture, whether it is one taken 50 
years ago or only 10 years ago — 
since you may not be as old as I am.) 

But regardless of your age, if you 
have been saved and have become a 
child of God, I am sure that you must 
be thankful to the Lord for a church, a 
pastor, or like me, a missionary under 
whose ministry you found the Lord. I 
am sure you understand how important 
evangelism and missionary work are. 
So let's pray for, care about, and sup- 
port our Brethren work. We do not 
know what the Lord may do and 
whom He may touch as a result of 
your commitment — in the next 50 
years. [t] 



12 



The Brethren Evangelist 



World Missions 



Property Purchased 
In Paraguay 

By William Winter 
Brethren Missionary to Argentina 



ON TUESDAY, July 9, 1991, 
in the city of Asuncion, 
Paraguay, a purchase contract 
was signed as the first formal 
step toward acquiring the proper- 
ty used by the first Brethren con- 
gregation in Paraguay. Present 
for the signing were Argentine 
Brethren missionary to Paraguay 
Juan Antonio Anzulovich, who 
witnessed the proceedings; Breth- 
ren missionary William Winter, 
who signed as power of attorney 
for the Missionary Board; the 
seller and his wife; the title attor- 
neys; and missionary Sharon Win- 
ter, who photographed the event. 
The property is the same one 
that has been rented since the be- 
ginning of the work in Paraguay. 
It includes a large house, which is 
used for the missionary residence, 
and a small storefront building, 
which is used for the church of- 
fice and a garage. In the yard at 
the side of the house a temporary 
structure was erected in 1989 to 



serve as a worship facility. 

The property was of- 
fered to us several yefirs 
ago for $50,000, but we 
felt that we could not af- 
ford such an investment 
at that time. The house 
was later sold, and the 
new owner extended the 
rent contract to us for 
several more years. Then 
early this year he ex- 
pressed his desire to sell 
the house in order to in- 
vest his money elsewhere. 
He offered to sell for 
$25,000. All involved felt 
that God was indicating to 
us that now was the time 
to purchase the property. 
The asking price was real- 
ly a bargain. The current value is 
between 40 and 50 thousand dol- 
lars. 

After consultations between the 
Brethren in Paraguay, the na- 
tional commissions of The Breth- 





The newly purchased church property in Asuncion, Paraguay, with the missionary residence 
in the foreground. The worship facility is the white building at the far left in the picture. 



William Winter (I.) hands a down-payment 
check to the former owner of the church 
property, as Juan Anzulovich, Brethren mis- 
sionary to Paraguay from Argentina, looks on. 

ren Church of Argentina, and the 
Missionary Board, a decision was 
made to create a revolving loan 
fund for The Brethren Church in 
Paraguay. In this way, not only 
will the first church benefit, but 
as that congrega- 
tion makes pay- 
ments back to the 
loan fund, new 
works which are 
being contem- 
plated in Para- 
guay will have a 
source of funds for 
future property 
purchases. 

Raising the nec- 
essary funds on 
short notice was 
quite a challenge. 
The seller agreed 
to accept a $10,000 
down payment at 
the signing of the 
purchase contract, 
with the remain- 
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March 1992 



13 



World Missions 



RE-ENTRY here doesn't refer 
to one of the Challenger mis- 
sions or to the flight of a cosmo- 
naut. Rather re-entry describes 
the complicated period I'm going 
through following my return to 
Argentina after furlough. 

Language and customs 

The abrupt language change is 
the first disconcerting aspect — 
asking people to repeat what they 
have just said or having to repeat 
myself time and again because of 
"rusty" grammar and pronuncia- 
tion. Along with language, the re- 
adjustment to local customs 
keeps me self-conscious — for ex- 
ample, remembering to give a kiss 
on the cheek when greeting church 
members and other friends, or 
the change to different meal 
times. But just like a dry sponge 
immersed in water, I quickly ab- 
sorb my new surroundings. 

The stress of re-entry is directly 
related to the degree of contrast 
between furlough and mission 
field environments. For example, 
small town living versus big city 
living; living with family versus 
living alone; having a car versus 
using public transportation; etc. 



RE-ENTRY 

By Allen Baer 
Brethren Missionary to Argentina 

Re-entry has many positive 
aspects as well, because for a 
brief moment, like it or not, I'm 
the center of attention. I receive a 
number of invitations, especially 
from the Brethren, to their 
houses for a meal or for coffee. 
Rounds of visits are necessary in 
order to renew acquaintanceships 
as well as to distribute all man- 
ner of goods that I was asked to 
purchase while on furlough. In 
addition, everyone asks questions 
about my family's health, church 
life, stateside politics and 
economy, new fads, etc. I confess 
that the answers to some of the 
questions are very general and 
probably based on sketchy facts. 

Patience and prayer 

Re-entry into the work area is 
another adventure demanding 
patience and lots of prayer. In the 
local church it is inspiring to see 
other members taking over some 
of my former responsibilities. But 
this also means looking for the 
Lord's guidance and the pastor's 
counsel about new areas of serv- 
ice in which I can be involved. 

As a bookkeeper I scratch my 
head trying to decipher someone 




else's 
hand- 
writing 
and 

strain to 
remem- 
ber the 
myriad 
details 
of the 
accounts 
and the 
proce- 
dures 
forgotten 
during furlough 
job of giving Er _ 
quires contacting former as well 
as new students and of arranging 
and re-arranging their class 
schedules. 

But after a few weeks the ad- 
justment to Argentine life will 
smooth out. The events and 
places of my furlough will become 
cherished memories, and I will 
begin to feel that all that was 
long ago. 

Re-entry will become just 
another word associated with 
headlines about returning space 
missions and satellites — noth- 
ing more. [f] 



Allen Baer 

My tentmaking 
glish classes re- 



Property Purchase 

(continued from previous page) 
ing $15,000 due 12 months from 
that date. 

The first $10,000 was raised in 
the following manner: 

The national board of the Breth- 
ren Church of Argentina released 
$1,500 from its budget grant, 
which the board had earmarked 
for national office improvements. 
The board also provided $500 
from locally generated funds and 
assumed financial responsibility 
for the work in Canada de 



Gomez, thus releasing $900 in 
budget money destined for Argen- 
tina. This totaled $2,900. 

With the purchase of the 
property in Paraguay, no rent 
will need to be paid. Thus the 
budgeted money for rent for the 
last six months of the year could 
be destined for the down pay- 
ment. This freed up another 
$2,010. This made a total avail- 
able from local and existing 
budget funds of $4,910. 

The Missionary Board provided 
from offerings which it had desig- 



nated for this purpose $5,090, 
plus the required closing and 
legal costs. 

We praise God that He has 
made this purchase possible. But 
there is still a great challenge 
before us. On or before July 9, 
1992, we must pay the remaining 
$15,000.00 (plus taxes and legal 
fees), or lose the property and the 
down payment. Thus we need to 
seek the Lord and to ask for His 
blessing upon us so that we can 
give generously for the work of 
His kingdom. [t] 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



UPDATE 



BRETHREN CHURCH NEWS 



Pastors Focus on Communication 
At Brethren Pastors' Conference 



Ellenton, Fla. — Communication was 
the focus of the Brethren pastors' con- 
ference held February 4—6 at the beau- 
tiful DaySpring Conference Center in 
Ellenton, Florida. 

"Communication in Marriage" was the 
topic of an address by Mr. Pat Williams, 
general manager of the Orlando Magics 
National Basketball Association team, 
during the opening evening of the 
conference. Using the acronym BEST, 



mates by speaking well of them and by 
doing kind things for them. They should 
Edify their mates by giving personal 
encouragement and by establishing 
peace and harmony in the relationship. 
They must Share time, activities, inter- 



develop his or her talents and abilities); 
and (4) reading (little TV and lots of 
books). 

God's communication with humanity 
was the topic on the second day of the 
conference, when the Research Com- 
mittee on Brethren Doctrine and Theol- 
ogy led a session dealing with the ques- 
tion, "How Do Brethren Interpret the 
Bible?" Dr. Brenda Colijn, co-chair of 
the committee, made an initial presen- 





The "Silent Light" Mine Troupe of Faith Community Church in Largo, Fla., uses a different 
kind of communication to present spiritual truths in this rendition of David and Goliath. 



Orlando Magics general manager Pat 
Williams talks about the BEST of marriages. 

Williams shared four pillars of a strong 
marriage that he learned when his own 
marriage nearly fell apart several years 
ago. 

In a presentation punctuated fre- 
quently with humor, Williams said that 
marriage partners need to Eless their 



est, and inner-most thoughts with their 
mates. And they ought to louch one 
another in non-sexual ways. 

In the question and answer period 
that followed his address, Williams — 
who is the father of 14 children (four 
"homegrown" and 10 adopted children 
from several foreign countries) — also 
shared four principles for raising chil- 
dren, namely: (1) discipline (a tight set 
of rules with enforced consequences for 
disobedience); (2) responsibility (each 
child has two jobs in the morning and 
two in the evening); (3) creativity (each 
child is encouraged to discover and 



tation. Then a panel composed of com- 
mittee members Dale Stoffer, Ken Sul- 
livan, William Kemer, and Dr. Colijn, 
answered questions about the topic. 

In her presentation, Mrs. Colijn em- 
phasized that Brethren have historical- 
ly approached the scriptures from a 
Christocentric point of view, that is, 
stressing that Christ is God's final 
revelation and the key to understanding 
Scripture. Therefore, while believing 
that the entire Bible is God's word and 
taking a holistic approach that con- 
siders all relevant passages, Brethren 
nevertheless (continued on next page) 




singing 
during the 
closing ses- 
sion of the 
event. 



March 1992 



15 



UPDATE 



Brethren Meet for Business, Inspiration 
Feb. 2nd at Florida District Conference 



Bradenton, Fla. — "Be Imitators!" 
(Hebrews 6:12) was the theme of the 
15th annual conference of the Florida 
District of the Brethren Chiarch, held 
Sunday afternoon and evening, Feb- 
ruary 2, at the Bradenton Brethren 
Church. 

The conference opened with choruses, 
scripture, and prayer, followed by 
denominational reports from General 
Conference Moderator Marlin McCann, 
Brethren Church Ministries director 
Ronald W. Waters; Brethren Pastoral 
Ministries director David Cooksey, Ash- 
land Theological Seminary Vice FVesi- 
dent Fred Finks, and Brethren Home 
Missions and Church Growth director 
Russell Gordon. 

The song leader for this and the other 
sessions of the conference was Mr. Mark 
Ray, the new Director of Ministries of 
the Sarasota First Brethren Church, 
who arrived in the Florida District just 
two weeks prior to the conference. 

The program continued with three 
concurrent workshops: "Biblical Inter- 
pretation from a Brethren Perspective" 
by Rev. William Kemer; "Pastor/Con- 
gregation Relationships" by Rev. David 
Cooksey; and "Outreach Through Sun- 
day School" by Ronald W. Waters. 

Business was next on the agenda, 
with district coordinator Rev. Daniel 
Gray, pastor of the Sarasota Church, 
leading the session. A major item of 
business was approval of a recommen- 



dation from the District Ministry of Ad- 
ministration that the district set a goal 
of establishing another Brethren church 
in Florida by 1996. In order to accom- 
plish this goal, the Ministry of MissionV 
Outreach is to conduct a feasibility 
study in conjunction with the National 
Missionary Board of the Brethren 
Church, with a report to be brought to 
the next conference. A special fund has 
also been established to help finance 
this work, to which each church is asked 



to contribute at least $300 a year. 
Delegates also approved an increase in 
apportionment for the district from $4 
per member (or $150 minimum per 
church) to $4.50 per member (or $250 
minimum per church). 

In the election of district officers. Rev. 
Buck Garrett was chosen coordinator- 
elect; Mary Ellen Swope was elected 
secretary; Martha Stone treasurer; Bill 
Cruz the men's representative to the 
Ministry of Administration; David 
Stone the ministerial representative; 
and Susan Shepherd the women's rep- 
resentative. Paul Isaacson, coordinator 
elect at this conference, is the new dis- 
trict coordinator. 




The 1992-93 Florida District officers are {I. to r.) coordinator Paul Isaacson, men's 
representative Bill Cruz, secretary Mary Ellen Swope, women 's representative Susan Shepherd, 
treasurer Martha Stone, ministerial representative Rev. David Stone, past coordinator Rev. Dan 
Gray, and (not pictured) coordinator-elect Rev. Buck Garrett. 



Pastors' Conference 

(continued from previous page) 
have given priority to the New Testa- 
ment over the Old Testament, i.he 
Gospels over the Epistles, and the Ser- 
mon on the Mount over all. 

Brethren have also emphasized the 
activity of the Holy Spirit (the Inner 
Word) in revealing Scripture (the Outer 
Word). In addition, they have stressed 
the importance of balancing individual 
understanding of scripture with in- 
sights gained by the Christian com- 
munity. 

But perhaps most of all. Brethren his- 
torically have emphasized the impor- 
tance of being obedient to scripture by 
living a life of discipleship to Christ. By 
obeying the truth we already know, we 
are able to understand further truth. 

The evening program on the second 
day offered a different kind of commu- 
nication, when "Silent Light," a Chris- 
tian mime troupe from the Faith Com- 
munity Church of Largo, Fla., pre- 

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sented events from the Bible and truths 
of the Christian life in a unique and 
inspirational way. The impact of their 
presentation was heightened by the fact 
that most of the members of the mime 
troupe are of high school or junior high 
school age. 

The discussion of how Brethren inter- 
pret the Bible was taken up again on 
Thursday morning, when the Research 
Committee on Brethren Doctrine and 
Theology led a discussion of the ques- 
tion "Where Do We Go from Here?" The 
purpose of this discussion was to dis- 
cover effective ways to share with the 
entire denomination a greater under- 
standing of the Brethren approach to 
understanding the Bible. 

In addition to these "main events," 
there were a number of other happen- 
ings during the three-day retreat: morn- 
ing watch Wednesday and Thursday led 
by Dr. Charles Munson; a follow-up ses- 
sion to Pat William's message on Tues- 
day evening led by Ashland Theological 



Seminary professor Dr. John Shultz; 
two seminars — "Religious Shame and 
Healthy Spirituality," and "Affirming 
Grace — A Foreign Concept?" — led by 
Mrs. Angle Messner, a psychologist and 
counselor from Ashland; and a presen- 
tation on pastoral burnout, given by Bill 
Cruz, a member of the Bloomingdale, 
Fla., Brethren Church who operates a 
counseling service at the church. 

In addition to the people who led 
these sessions, there were others who 
gave devotions, brought reports, shared 
"gifts" (of special music, readings, etc.), 
played piano, offered childcare, etc. In 
fact, at least 45 people participated in 
the three-day program in one way or 
another. 

Attendance at the retreat was 100, 
including 33 couples, 19 who came with- 
out spouses, and 15 children. The re- 
treat was planned by the pastors of the 
Florida district, with Rev. Phil Lersch 
carrying much of the responsibility for 
programming and details. 

The Brethren Evangelist 



Little Crusader 

Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder 
them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 19:14). 

Making a Memory 

What special things does your family do together? Do you like to play together? Or 
go for walks or bike rides? Or maybe you like to visit interesting places together. Or 
perhaps you enjoy doing something quiet, like reading books together. 

What about your spiritual life? Does your family go to church together? When you 
come home from church, do you and your family discuss the things you learned that day? 
What about the rest of the week? Do you read the Bible or Bible stories together? What 
religious or family tradition activities does your family participate in throughout the year? 

Tradition is important. It makes families closer. It teaches the values and beliefs of 
the parents to the children. The Bible talks about the importance of sharing our beliefs 
with our families. In Deuteronomy 6, God commanded His people to teach their children 
about Him and to explain their spiritual history to them. 

Read Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and 20-25. Then find these words from the verses in the 
puzzle below: gates, walk, house, decrees, hand, prosper, righteousness, commanded, 
land. Lord, obey, sit, law, signs, wonders, talk, home, heart, strength, children, impress. 
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Here are some ideas of things your family could do together in IVIarch: 

Go to the library and check out some books that the family could enjoy together. Read 
them aloud together after dinner or at bedtime. You might try children's poetry, Bible 
stories, or a longer book or series of books to continue reading each evening. 
Play in the snow. Build snow people and forts. Make angels in the snow. Go sledding. 
Go for a nature walk. See what's happening with the plants and animals at this time 
of year in your area. Maybe it's not too late to put out a winter bird feeder. 
Try a fun evening of new foods that you can help make. My children like to try theme 
meals, which means that every food served must have something the same about it. 
For example, serve all foods that can be eaten with a toothpick. 
Pick an evening each week or so and have a party: fun, food, and games. Keep it 
mainly a family time, but every now and then invite someone special and make that 
person a part of your family for the day. 



March 1992 



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UPDATE 



Gretna Holds "Camp Reunion Sunday" 
To Re-Create Camp Bethany in January 



Bellefontaine, Ohio — The Gretna 
Brethren Chiirch had "Camp Bethany 
in January" on Sunday, January 12, 
when the congregation sponsored 
"Camp Reunion Sunday." 

The 1991 Camp Bethany camping ex- 
perience was such a positive one for the 
Gretna youth that the church wanted to 
re-create the experience in mid-winter. 

The morning worship service on 
Camp Reunion Sunday was like a camp- 
fire service. The sanctuary was dec- 
orated to look like a camp setting, with 
trees (painted on cardbocird), a camp 
cabin (used for a puppet show), and, of 
course, rocks, logs, and sticks for the 
campfire. Worshipers attended in 
casual attire (sweat shirts, jeans, 
sweaters, etc.). 

The campfire service included singing 
of camp songs; an enactment of the 
Parable of the Good Samaritan by the 
Gretna youth; and a campfire message 
by Mark Ray, who served as director at 
Camp Bethany during the 1991 sum- 



mer camping season. An offering was 
also received during the service for 
Camp Bethany. 

Gretna youth who had attended camp 
during the summer were given a special 



invitation to the reunion. Also invited 
were all of the 1991 Camp Bethany 
summer staff, 14 of whom were able to 
attend. Many of these taught or helped 
with Sunday school classes. Some staff 
members who could not attend sent let- 
ters of greeting, which were read during 
the campfire service. 

Attendance for the morning worship 
(campfire) service was 126 (compared to 





Picture-taking time at the gym for camp staff, youth, and adults. 



Tony Price, Nancy Bechtel, Holly Jerviss, Christy Bechtel, Karen Curfinan, Missy Cummins, 
Mark Rav, Paul Bechtel, Phyllis Jen'iss, and {not pictured) Rose and Nancy Launder. 

a usual attendance of 105), and 116 at- 
tended Sunday school (compared to an 
average attendance of 89). 

A carry-in dinner followed the wor- 
ship service, and then approximately 45 
youth, camp staff, and adults went to 
a nearby gym for recreation (includ- 
ing four-square, of course), a skit, and 
picture-taking. 

According to Gretna pastor Rev. Lynn 
Mercer, "It was a great day! All who 
attended commented on the positive ex- 
perience of the service." Pastor Mercer 
also expressed appreciation to Missy 
Cummins for the part she played in 
helping to plan and organize the event. 
Photo by Missy Cummins. — reported by Pastor Lynn Mercer 



Deacon, Deaconess Ordained 
At Milford Brethren Church 

Milford, Ind. — Roger and Brenda 
Baumgartner were ordained as deacon 
and deaconess during the morning wor- 
ship service on November 17, 1991, at 
the Milford First Brethren Church. 

Milford pastor Rev. Paul Tinkel and 
former pastor Rev. Woodrow Immel of- 
ficiated at the ordination. Rev. Immel 
was Roger's pastor from 1951 to 1957. 

The Baumgartners were extended a 
call to become deacon and deaconess by 
the Milford Church on September 11 
following a 24-hour prayer vigil by the 
congregation. 

Roger is a graduate of Ball State 

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Milford Pastor Paul Tinkel (c.) leads the prayer of 
consecration for Roger and Brenda Baumgartner. 



University with a bachelor of 
science degree in marketing. He 
is employed by State Farm In- 
surance Company as a claims 
specialist. Brenda is a graduate 
of Fairfield School of Cosmetol- 
ogy and is employed as a hair 
stylist at Bobbi's Shear Success 
in Milford. 

The Baumgartners are the 
parents of two children, Heather 
and Grant. 

A carry-in meal was held after 
the ordination service in honor of 
the Baumgartners and as the 
congregations Thanksgiving 
dinner. Approximately 140 were 
in attendance. 

— reported by Pastor Paul Tinkel 

The Brethren Evangeust 



UPDATE 



From 
The 




Marsha Nies, wife of Rev. Curt Nies, 
pastor of the Falls City, Nebr., First Breth- 
ren Church, presented a concert of sacred 
music (primarily vocal, but also piano) on 
February 16, at the Falls City Church. The 
concert was attended not only by members of 
the Falls City Church, but by people from 
other community churches and from as far 



away as Morrill, Kans. Mrs. Nies has been 
invited to present a concert on March 8 at 
the Ft. Scott, Kans., Brethren Church. She 
also served as accompanist for a Com- 
munity Hymn Sing sponsored by the Falls 
City First Brethren Church on February 2. 

The Men of Mission of the Oak Hill, 
W. Va., First Brethren Church raised ap- 
proximately $270 for their benevolent fund 
on February 8 at their Annual Men and Boys 
Bake-Off and Auction. Max Phillips won 
the prize for the most unusual cake with his 
"Rainbow Delight"; Paul Fox's "Monkey 
Bread" was judged the most original entry; 
and Kenneth Nuckels won the prize for the 
prettiest entry with a heart-shaped cake 
decorated with the words, "Give your heart 
to Jesus." Judges were Virginia Phillips, 
Catherine Ingles, and Ollie Foy; Mike 
Pomeroy was the auctioneer; and Kenneth 
Nuckels gave devotions. 



Church Music Workshop 

Dr. Ronald Sprunger, professor of church 
music at Ashland Theological Seminary, will 
present a Church Music Workshop June 22- 
26 at the seminary. The workshop will in- 
clude instruction in ihe use of music as a 
means of Christian nurture; worship and in- 
struction in worship; concerts and reading 
sessions; educational development sessions; 
the development of instrumental and vocal 
resources; and addressing of specific needs of 
workshop participants. 

The workshop may be taken for personal 
enrichment ($50 fee), continuing education 
credit (3 C.E. units, $75 fee), or for four 
quarter hours of credit ($470 fee). Lodging is 
available on campus at $19.50 per night 
single or $13.00 per night double, which in- 
cludes bedding and linens. 

For further infonnation contact Ashland 
Theological Seminary (419-289-5167). 



In Memory 

Lee R. Finks, 76, February 17. Member since 
1927 of the Maurertown Brethren Church, where 
he was a deacon and had served as moderator and 
Sunday school teacher and also been active in the 
district . He was the father of Dr. Fred Finks, Vice 
President of Ashland Theological Seminary. 
Services by Pastor Richard Craver and Rev. 
David Ccxiksey. 

Mabel Tripp, 89, February 16. Member of the 
Milledgeville Brethren Church. Services by Pas- 
tor Kenneth Sullivan. 

Helen Gassett Garber, 104, February 15. Mem- 
ber for approximately 40 years of the Cheyenne 
Brethren Church and widow of Rev. Frank Gar- 
ber, former pastor of the congregation. She 
served the congregation as Sunday school teach- 
er for many years, treasurer, and pianist. While 
in her 90's, she opened her home for a weekly 
Bible study. Services by Pastor G. Emery Hurd. 
Alda Johnson, 96, February 8. Member for 80 
years of The Brethren Church in New Lebanon. 
Services by Pastor James F. Black. 
Vernon Groff, 93, February 7. Member of The 
Brethren Church of New Lebanon. Services by 
Pastor James F. Black. 

Harold Cheever, 83, February 4. Faithfully 
attended ihe Falls City First Brethren Church. 
Services by Pastor Curt Nies. 
Ethyl Schroedl, 85, February 1. Member of the 
Falls City First Brethren Church, where she was 
a choir member, corresponding secretary, and a 
W.M.S. member. Services by Pastor Curt Nies. 
Lewis Earl Smith, 87, February 1 . Member for 
76 years of the Elkhart First Brethren Church, 
where he served on the Deacons Board and taught 
boys in Sunday school for 40 years. Services by 
Pastor Tim Gamer. 

Ellen Bundy, 78, January 28. Member for more 
than 50 years of the North Manchester First 
Brethren Church, where she was a dedicated 
worker in the nursery and a faithful member of 
the Hadassah W.M.S. Services by Rev. Wood- 
row Immel. 

Delbert M. Rhoades, 69, January 27. Member 
of the North Manchester First Brethren Church. 
Services by Rev. Woodrow Immel. 

March 1992 




Rev. George Brown, 62, January 25. Pastor of 
the Tiosa Brethren Church. Services by Rev. Phil 
Medsger and Rev. Jim Thomas. 

Rev. Brown was bom January 15, 1930, in 
Perrysburg, Ind., to Delbert and Evelyn Brown. 
A 1948 graduate of Peru, Ind., High School, he 
worked 30 
years as a let- 
ter carrier for 
the Postal 
Department, 
retiring Jan- 
uary 1, 1989 
He became a 
Christian and 
joined the 
Peru First 
Brethren 
Church in 
1950. He and 
his wife, 
Susannah P. 
Mitchell, whom he married August 7, 1948, 
served as deacon and deaconess in the Peru Church 
and for 10 years as district youth sponsors. 

In 1966 George became a licensed lay-evan- 
gelist in Ihe Indiana District, and he was ordained 
an elder in The Brethren Church 1 1 years later in 
November 1977. He pastored the Denver, Ind., 
Brethren Church from 1977 to 1979, was an as- 
sociate pastor at the Pern Church from 1981 to 
1989, then pastored the Tiosa congregation until 
his death. He also served as chaplain of the 
Miami (Ind.) County jail for ten years. 

He is survived by his wife. Sue; two sons, 
Michael and Jeffrey; six grandchildren; and two 
great-grandchildren. 

Kenneth Preble, 69, January 20. Member of the 
Elkhart First Brethren Church. Services by Pas- 
tor Tim Gamer. 

Geraldine Phillips, 71, January 1. Long-lime 
member of the Highland Brethren Church, where 
she served in many ways. Was also camp cook 
for many years. Services by Pastor Bruce Foster. 
Orval E. Boyer, 73, December 26. Member of 
the Johnstown Second Brethren Church, where 
he served as a deacon and treasurer for more than 
40 years and was a Men of Mission member. 
Services by Pastor Gerald Zook 



Janice N. Billmeyer, 70, December 1 1 . Member 
of the Cumberland First Brethren Church, where 
her husband, Ernest B. Billmeyer, serves as pas- 
tor. Services by Rev. Frank Hyder. 
FrankGavlock, 74, Decembers. Member of the 
Waterloo First Brethren Church. Services by 
Pastor Ronald L. Waters. 

Sallie B. Diehl, 8 1 , November 12. Member of the 
Mt. Olive Brethren Church, where she was also 
a member of the W.M.S. for 69 years. Services 
by Pastor Fred Miller. 

Helen Moser, 80, August 23. Member of the 
Waterloo First Brethren Church. Services by 
Pastor Ronald L. Waters. 

Goldenaires 

Loren and Pauline Crawford, 65th, January 26. 
Members of the Milledgeville Brethren Church. 
Carl and Christine Hensley, 50lh, December 
24. Members of the Mt. Olive Brelhren Church. 
Emory and Jeanetta Shifflett, 60lh, December 
24. Members of the Mt. Olive Brethren Church. 

Weddings 

Lisa Wing to James Smith, February 14, at the 
Falls City First Brelhren Church; Rev. Judy 
Deweber officiating. Bride a member of the Falls 
City First Brethren Church. 
Yvette Susan Weller to Scott Richard Mc- 
Guire, January 4, at the Sarasota First Brelhren 
Church; Dr. J.D. Hamel officiating. Bride a 
member of the Sarasota First Brethren Church. 
Cynthia Pittman to James Sayler, December 
28, at the Linwood Brelhren Church; pastor 
Robert Keplinger officiating. Groom a member 
of the Linwood Brelhren Church. 
Amy Schave to Joel Wiseman, December 2 1 , at 
the Milledgeville Brethren Church; Pastor Ken- 
neth Sullivan and Mr. Eric Schave, brother of the 
bride, officiating. Bride a member of the 
Milledgeville Brethren Church. 

Membership Growth 

Pleasant View: 2 by baptism 

North Manchester: 1 by baptism 

New Paris: 4 by baptism, 6 by transfer 

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Reaching Out 
With the Touch of Love 



HE STOOD THERE in all his 
revolting defonnity. The smell 
of his disease and of his filthy body 
were overpowering. His skinny 
body was hunched over with the 
constant pain of netir starvation. 
His eyes reflected the hollow ache 
of sickness, isolation, and despair. 

An outcast leper 

He was a leper, and because he 
was a leper, he was an outcast. He 
was feared, loathed, and shunned 
by all. He was required whenever 
passers-by came within hailing 
distance to cry out, "Unclean! Un- 
clean!" so that they would know to 
stay away, lest they too contract 
the dreadful disease. 

Both the Law and society re- 
quired that the man be isolated. 
When his disease was first diag- 
nosed, he lost his job, his family, 
his friends, his home, and his pos- 
sessions. More than that, he lost 
his hope, his pride, and his future. 
He could do nothing except 
scrounge the garbage dump for 
food, avoid all people who were not 
diseased, and wait for the merciful 
release of death. 

As the disease progressed, his 
eyesight began to fail. Great sores 
opened on his body and became 
crusted and putrid. Body parts 
began to rot away. Toeless feet be- 
came difficult to walk on. Clubs 
that used to be hands became use- 
less as instruments of agility — or 
of cleanliness. Lepers were worse 
to behold than anything we can 
readily imagine. 

An act of desperation 

The man fell to his knees. He 
made no effort to reach out. He 
was too well-conditioned to make 

Mr. Hallsted is a free-lance writer 
who lives in Griffith, Ind. 



any effort to touch. He had already 
committed a breach of conduct 
worthy of death by even coming 
close to another person. It was for- 
bidden. But he was desperate. 

"Love is a touching word. 
It is a decision to reach 
out and touch the needs 
of those around us. " 

The incident is related in the 
eighth chapter of Matthew: "... a 
leper came to [Jesus] and knelt 
before him, saying, 'Lord if you 
will, you can make me clean.' And 
he stretched out his hand and 
touched him . . ." (Matt. 8:2-3, RSV). 

He touched him 

Jesus touched him! Not after He 
had made him well and clean and 
nice and grateful and transformed 
and attractive. But while he was 
still a filthy leper, Jesus touched 
him! 

Why? Why in the world would 
Jesus do that? 

This brazen specimen of that 
condemned caste dared to ap- 
proach Jesus and to kneel before 
Him. He breathed out a simple 
statement of faith: "If you will, you 
can make me clean." 

Even before Jesus said those prec- 
ious words, "I will; be clean," He did 
something else — something 
greater. He met the leper's deeper, 
unspoken need first. This desper- 
ate, lonely man needed above all 
other things the tender touch of 
another human being. So Jesus 
touched him! 

The love of Jesus is still meas- 
ured in that act. He reaches out to 
touch people. Whether in the stench 
of their rotting flesh, their putrid 
souls, their spiteful hearts, their 



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dirty bodies, or their filthy minds. 
He reaches out to touch them. 

Love is a touching word. It is a 
decision to reach out and touch the 
needs of those around us. 

Love is eagerly fulfilling the 
needs and desires of a spouse, even 
when we're "not in the mood." 

Love is taking the time to listen 
— really listen — to the prattle of 
an excited child or to the same old 
story that lonely person has al- 
ready told you a dozen times. 

Love is risking 

Love is risking in order to help. 
It doesn't matter whether it's risk- 
ing money or prestige or embar- 
rassment or danger or friendship. 
No matter what the need, love is 
caring more for the other person 
than for oneself. 

Love sometimes nieans tenderly 
telling a friend what he or she 
needs to hear when you know it's 
not what he or she wants to hear. 

Love is doing what God says to 
do even when you want, with every 
fiber of your being, to do otherwise. 

Love is not something we have 
when we feel it. Love is not some- 
thing we fall into or out of. Love is 
not an emotion that makes it okay 
to do what's forbidden or to refrain 
from doing what's commanded. 
Love is not being a slave to an un- 
controllable emotion! REAL love 
isn't! 

Real love is . . . 

Real love is a decision 
to do what God says 
for somebody else 
without regard to how we feel, 
for no e£irthly reason or reward, 
except that someone needs 
what we can provide. 

Real love is 

touching the need you see, 
because He touched you. [f] 

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Features 

Reaching Out With the Touch of Love by Bill D. Hallsted 

The encounter of Jesus with an unclean leper teaches us a basic truth 

about the nature of love. 

Christ's Resurrection Proclaims, There la Life After Death! 

by Carl F.H. Henry 

The message of Easter provides the answer to our basic question 

about the ultimate destiny of human life. 

Two Hymns for the Easter Season by Julia Flora 

A look at two well-known hymns of the season and at the men who 

wrote them. 

What Wovild Jesus Do? by Richard Winfield 

This is the question raised by a book that Brethren people have been 

asked to read during 1992. 

The Other Brethren: The Old German Baptist Brethren 

by William G. Willoughby 

First in a series of articles on the four main groups that share a com- 
mon heritage with The Brethren Church. 



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Christ's 

Resurrection 

Proclaims, 

There Is Life 

After Death! 



By Carl F.H. Henry 



THE FIRST TIME I saw death 
close up, I wasn't yet a teen- 
ager. Kappy, our black-and-white 
mottled mutt, had survived six 
cold Long Island winters. But one 
unexpectedly frigid night, our out- 
door hound-house failed him. 

Early the next morning I hap- 
pened upon his stiff carcass lying 
earth-bound in the shrubs. Some- 
thing inside me shivered and froze. 
Somewhere ahead, I suspected, lay 
another "unexpectedly cold night," 
one with which I too might not be 
able to cope. Was there life after 
death? I wondered. For Kappy? For 
me? For anything? 

Comfortless theories 

I was unaware, in those bygone 
years, of the Hindu doctrine that a 
spark of divinity fuels all of cosmic 
life and that reinceimation might 

Dr. Henry is a widely known and re- 
spected spokesman for evangelical 
Christianity. He is the author of 35 
books and was the founding editor of 
Christianity Today magazine. 

This article was solicited by the Of- 
fice of Information of the National As- 
sociation of Evangelicals and provided 
to publications of NAE-member organ- 
izations. 



switch a hound into a human or — 
considerably less comforting — 
turn a human into a hound. I was 
unaware also of the quite contrsiry 
Greek notion that the himian body 
— and all matter — is evil and 
destined for destruction, but that 
humans have imperishable souls. 

Yet I suspect that had I been 
aware of all this, neither view 
would have consoled me very 
much. The theory that mam is a 
fragment of divinity — a part of 
the Brahma- All or of the Buddha- 
All — or that our m^inds parti- 
cipate in Eternal Ideas or a divine 
Absolute Mind has never seemed 
to me to square well with reality. 

There was another Long Island 
night when I had an even closer 
brush with death, this time a per- 
sonal one that forced upon me 
more fully the question of an after- 
life. I was then a young journalist, 
a suburban reporter for some big 
New York dailies, and the deity 
was not especially high on my 
agenda. 

Our remote country home lacked 
many things, among them a Bible. 
Mother was a nominal Catholic 
and father a nominal Lutheran. In 
our case that added up to no 
prayers, no grace at table, no 




church attendance except at 
Christmas and Easter. The first 
Bible I ever owned I filched from 
the Sunday school racks of a local 
Episcopal church. 

One mvirky night I parked along 
the shore of Great South Bay near 
Blue Point. During a welcome hour 
of relaxing and reflecting on the 
exhilaration of journalistic work, 
despite its demands, I contem- 
plated the meaning of life and the 
probability (possibility) of God's ex- 
istence and the need to be (as a 
friend put it) on "speaking terms" 
with God. My friend, an evangel- 
ical, had shared with me God's un- 
deserved grace to sinners. 

God's calling card 

This informal spiritual reverie 
was suddenly shattered by the 
looming dark bUlows of a lightning- 
strewn thunderstorm that followed 
me home. As I jockeyed the car 
toward the garage door, a gigantic 
bolt of lightning shook the whole 
landscape and fixed me in my car 
seat. I knew that God had left His 
calling card with that near miss 
and that He wanted a fixed ap- 
pointment. 

I kept that appointment in June 
1933, when — as evangelical ortho- 

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"The Easter-resurrection of Jesus was no bizarre and exotic event, 
like some sudden appearance of a man from Mars or the terrifying 
arrival of an unsuspected Scud missile from outer space." 



doxy phrases it — I received 
Christ as my Savior. In a word, I 
knew that the Crucified One was 
fully alive, and that — as He 
promised — to those who turn to 
him for rescue He gives eternal 
life. 

No need to perish 

Theologians state it more ex- 
plicitly when, with the Apostle 
Paul, they summarize the good 
news this way: "Christ died for our 
sins according to the Scriptures, 
and was buried, and rose again the 
third day, according to the Scrip- 
tures, and was seen ..." (1 Cor. 
15:3-4). Paul addressed those 
words to Christians in Corinth, 
one of the most lascivious cities in 
the world at that time. He re- 
minded them that no one needed 
to perish with a dying culture. 

Before I became a "believer," I 
had put my pilfered Bible to oc- 
casional use by trying to read its 
small print by the dim light of the 
old Delco dynamo that illuminated 
our solitary rural house and yard. 
To be sure, I didn't read it regular- 
ly. Yet I was fascinated with the 
accounts of Jesus' resurrection at 
the end of the Gospels. 

I read them and reread them — 
unready wholly to believe them, 
yet not wanting to disbelieve them. 
But after each reading something 
within me, it seemed, wanted to 
stand up and shout, "He is risen! 
The Lord is risen indeed!" as I am 
told Eastern Orthodox believers do 
during Easter services. 

The Easter-resurrection of Jesus 
was no bizarre and exotic event, 
like some sudden appearance of a 
man from Mars or the terrifying 
arrival of an unsuspected Scud 
missile from outer space. It was, 
along with Jesus' death, foretold 
by the Hebrew prophets. Indeed, 
Jesus Himself forewarned His dis- 
ciples. The fact that the Gospel 
writers admit their obtuseness 
vouches for their credibility; people 

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do not invent stories about their 
own dullness. 

The fact that Jesus arose from 
death the "third day" after cruci- 
fixion and burial and "was seen" — 
as Scripture attests — indicates 
that more than merely spirit- 
survival or soul-survival is in- 
volved. The religion of the Bible 
deals with the total person, not 
simply with a segment of the self. 
The fall of m^ankind into sin im- 
pinged devastatingly upon the en- 
tirety of human nature. God's flaw- 
less creation image in each of us is 
now skewed. We are moral rebels, 
at odds with the Com- 
mander-in-Chief of the 
universe. 

Secular society treats 
His commandments 
with disdain, even with 
derision. Our charac- 
ter, our inner nature, is 
ethically sullied. Al- 
though we are culpable 
and responsible, we 
cannot now save our- 
selves from the guilt, 
penalty, and power of 
sin, so insists the entire 
New Testament. 



news. To be "bom again" morally 
and spiritually presupposes the 
sinless substitutionary life, death, 
and resiirrection of the Savior, who 
in His self-sacrifice exhibits at once 
the holiness and the mercy of God. 
Easter Morning is the Christian 
church's international, interracial, 
and inter-cultural reminder that 
life on this planet is no mere ac- 
cident, and that the space-time 
universe does not comprise the 
whole of reality. There is life after 
death, and that life is for all who 
receive Jesus Christ as Lord and 
Savior. [f] 



Good and bad news 

Into this morass of 
moral defection echoes 
both good news and bad 
news regarding mu- 
tinous mankind. God 
promises and provides 
in Jesus Christ a res- 
cue that flawed hu- 
manity cannot provide. 
The madman that ter- 
rorizes us, it turns out, 
is we ourselves. We 
need salvation, and we 
cannot achieve it by our 
tawdry works which, 
however well inten- 
tioned, are offensive to 
God. 

"Christ died for our 
sins" — this is the good 



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The strife is o'er, the battle done; 
The victory of life is won; 
The song of triumph has begun. 
Alleluia! 

The powers of death have done their 
worst, 

But Christ their legions hath dis- 
persed; 

Let shouts of holy joy outburst. 
Alleluia! 



The three sad days are quickly sped; 
He rises glorious from the dead; 
All glory to our risen Head! ', 

Alleluia! j 

He closed the yawning gates of hell; 
The bars from heaven's high portals 

fell 
Let hymns of praise His triumph tell! 
Alleluia! 

Lord! by the stripes which wounded 

Thee, 
From death's dread string Thy ser- ^ 

vants free, ^' 

That we may live and sing to Thee! 
Alleluia! 



From the Latin, 17th centviry; .'; 
Translated by Francis Pott, 1832-1909 





Two Hymns 

For the Easter Season 



LENT is the period of "prepara- 
tion for the Easter renewal of 
our Christian commitment."* Dtir- 
ing this special time of the year, 
ChristiEins celebrate God's saving 
work in Christ with greater em- 
phasis, although every Sunday of 
the year is a celebration of Christ's 
sacrifice and restirrection. 

When I Survey 
the Wondrous Cross 

One form of celebration during 
Lent is the Communion service. 
The hymn. When I Survey the 
Wondrous Cross, by Isaac Watts, 
was written especially for this oc- 
casion. In the hymn. Watts asks us 
to look at the cross in a thoughtful 
mood as we prepare to receive the 
symbols of the body and blood of 
Christ. 

This hymn is one of 600 hymns 
Watts contributed to church wor- 
ship during his lifetime (1674 to 
1748). In addition to being a hymn 
writer. Watts was also a scholstr and 
a preacher. 

'Lent is the period from Ash Wednes- 
day to Easter. It refers specifically to the 
40 weekdays, not including Sundays, dur- 
ing this period. 

Mrs. Flora is a member of the Ash- 
land Park Street Brethren Church and 
works as a librarian at Ashland Theo- 
logical Seminary. She wrote this article 
at the request of the Worship Commis- 
sion of The Brethren Church. 



Though he lived nearly 150 years 
after the Protestant Reformation, 
controversies still abounded in the 
) church. Watts was raised in a Con- 
gregational Chiorch in Southamp- 
ton, England, where his father was 
a deacon. In those troublesome 
times laws against religious non- 
conformity were strictly enforced, 
resulting in the imprisonment of 
Watts' father. 

When Watts was about 18 years 
old, he became dissatisfied with 
the singing in the worship service. 
At that time, congregations sang 
only the Psalms, with the words 
rearranged slightly to give meter 
(giving rise to the name "Metrical 
Psalms"). 

When he complained about the 
singing following one service, his 
father suggested that he try writ- 
ing some hymns himself. By the 
next service Isaac had a new hymn 
ready, and he was quite pleased by 
the congregation's enthusiastic re- 
sponse to it. For each service there- 
after he wrote a new hymn until 
he had a collection of 200. 

At first he merely paraphrased 
the Psalms, putting them in his 
own words. But later he began 
writing his own original material. 
Watts' hymns and his preaching 
had a significant influence on the 
thinking of his time. 

In Watts' original version of this 
hymn, the second line read, 
"Where the young Prince of glory 
died." But when he published the 
hymn two years later (in 1709), he 
changed it to "On which the Prince 
of glory died." Apparently the line 
had been criticized by friends who 
thought that no significance 
should be attached to the age of 
Jesus when He died. Perhaps the 
original version of the line can be 
explained by the fact that Watts 



By Julia Flora 

himself was 33 when he wrote the 
hymn, which is likely the very age 
of Jesus when He was crucified. 

Christ the Lord 
Is Risen Today 

Another great hymn of this 
season of the years is the Easter 
hymn Christ the Lord Is Risen 
Today. It was written by the great 
hymn writer Charles Wesley 
(1707—1788), whose life overlapped 
that of Watts. 

Charles was one of 19 children of 
Samuel and Susanna Wesley. He 
received his earliest schooling from 
his mother, who not only taught all 
19 of her own children, but some of 
the neighborhood children as well. 
Charles, his father Samuel, and 
his brother John were all three 
pastors and hymn writers. 

Charles was bom and raised in 
England, but in 1735 he came to 
America, where he served as sec- 
retary to the governor of Georgia. 
The following year he returned to 
London, where, on May 21, 1738, 
he had a personal spiritual ex- 
perience in a Moravian mission on 
Aldersgate Street. During the next 
15 to 20 years, Charles and his 
brother, John, became famous trav- 
eling preachers, riding thousands 
of miles a year on horseback to 
preach at open-air meetings in 
several countries. 

When Charles married in 1749, 
his wife, Sally Gwynne Wesley, 
began to accompany him on his 
journeys, performing solos and 
leading singing. But when Charles 
developed ill health, the Wesleys 
moved to a home in London, where 
Charles concentrated on writing 
hymns. 

The preaching and singing of the 
Wesleys caused groups of believers 
to be formed, who were called 

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Methodists. Sometimes the Wes- 
leys encountered persecution. One 
such occasion occurred in a small 
town about 20 miles from Bristol. 
The local Anglican priest told the 
people that Charles had preached 
blasphemy at the university. So 
some of the town leaders went to 
the house where the Wesleys were 
staying and broke windows, ripped 
off shutters, and drove the 
Wesleys' horses into a pond. The 
following day they used a fire 
wagon to spray water into the 
house, flooding all the rooms. 
Nevertheless, the Wesleys rode out 
of town singing a hymn Charles 
had written. Thine Arm Hath Safe- 
ly Brought us. 

In many villages, the Wesleys' 
converts were threatened, hounded 
by dogs, stoned, and had their 
businesses ruined and their homes 
robbed. But these Christians had a 
way of breaking through these times 
of trouble with rousing songs of 
great faith and joy in their Savior. 

As the Wesleys established new 
Christian societies, they needed a 
place in which these groups could 
meet. So they purchased an aban- 
doned iron foundry near London 
and called it "the Foundry Meeting 
House." Charles wrote the hymn 




Christ the Lord is Risen Today for 
the opening service in the foundry 
in the year of 1739. 

When it was first written, the 
hymn had 11 stanzas of four lines 



each. Some of the stanzas were 
later dropped: by 1760 it had just 
eight, with many of the lines re- 
arranged; today we use only four. 

When we look closely at this 
hymn about our risen Lord, we 
notice some familiar Easter 
themes — death conquered, the 
triumph over evil, the finished 
work of redemption, paradise 
regained, and the risen life of 
Christ a blessed possibility now. 

The hymn is based on 1 Corinth- 
ians 15:55-57, which says, "Where, 
O death, is your victory? Where, O 
death is your sting? The sting of 
death is sin, and the power of sin 
is the law. But thanks be to God! 
He gives us the victory through 
our Lord Jesus Christ" (Niv). 

The word "alleluia," which is 
used throughout the hymn, comes 
from the Hebrew language and 
means "Praise ye the Lord." The 
expression was used frequently in 
the early church. On Easter morn- 
ing the early Christians would 
greet each other with the words, 
"Alleluia, the Lord is risen." 

At this time of year, we too still 
celebrate the meaning of the cross 
and celebrate the victory of 
Christ's resurrection. Alleluia, the 
Lord is risen! [t] 



What Would Jesus Do? 

By Richard Winfield, editor 

WHAT WOULD HAPPEN if Christians would ask 
themselves in every situation they encounter, "What 
would Jesus do?" and then would act accordingly? 

This is the challenge that Rev. Henry Maxwell, pastor 
of First Church of Raymond, presents to his congregation 
in the book, In His Steps, by Charles Sheldon. Much of the 
book is an account of the struggles various members of 
First Church go through to live out this challenge and the 
results of their efforts to walk in the steps of Jesus. 

Though first published nearly 100 years ago (in 1897) 
this Christian classic still speaks to our generation. And for 
this reason it is recommended reading for members of The 
Brethren Church in 1992. In fact, reading this book was the 
fourth of four actions approved by Conference delegates at 
the 1991 General Conference in response to Moderator James 
Sluss's recommendation that "Brethren seek to develop a 
greater attitude of dependence up)on the Lord and inter- 
dependence upon one another, as well as a greater desire 
for outreach in the demonstration of the faith to others." 

Not only were Brethren people asked to make a com- 
mitment to read In His Steps, but in line with the challenge 



by Rev. Henry Maxwell to his congregation, we are called 
upon "to develop a lifestyle whereby we ask in all situa- 
tions, 'What would Jesus do?'" 

What changes would this make in our lives? What is- 
sues might we face? What consequences might we suffer? 
What blessings might we receive? These are the questions 
In His Steps deals with as it follows the lives of several 
members of Rev. Maxwell's congregation. 

Because it is written in narrative style, In His Steps is 
interesting, enjoyable reading. But it is also a thought- 
provoking book, as it causes the reader to face the issues 
and the choices the characters encounter. 

Charles Sheldon, the author of In His Steps, was him- 
self a pastor. The material in the book was first delivered 
as a series of sermons in his Top)eka, Kansas, church. 
When the installments were then published in book form 
in 1897, In His Steps became an immediate best seller. 

Nearly 100 years later, thousands of copies continue to 
be sold annually. It is currently available from several pub- 
lishers, including an edition with questions and study 
material by David and Karen Mains, published by Word 
Books. A children's version is also available. 

In this Easter season we celebrate the fact that we serve 
a risen Savior who's in the world today. What better way 
to follow up this season than by reading what it would 
mean to walk In His Steps, and to live accordingly? [t] » 



April 1992 



The Other Brethren: 

W^lt ^ih (i^rnran Papttsf Pr^flir^n 



First in a series of articles by William G. Willoughby on the four main groups that 
share a common heritage with The Brethren Church and which, along with The 
Brethren Church, will participate in a Brethren World Assembly July 15-18, 1992. 



HAD A TIME MACHINE taken me 
back in time? Though the year was 
1990, it seemed to me that I was attend- 
ing a religious service of my Eastern 
Pennsylvania childhood — with its bon- 
nets and beards, prayer veils and plain 
coats, and old-fashioned Brethren 
hospitality. 

I had been invited to give two of a 
series of lectures on Brethren history to 
a gathering of about 500 Old German 
Baptist Brethren at the Ripon Commu- 
nity Center north of Modesto, Califor- 
nia. Thirty years earlier the Old German 
Baptist Brethren had held a similar 
series of lectures, with Dr. Floyd 
Mallott of Bethany Theological Sem- 
inary as their lecturer. 

As I entered the auditorium, many of 
the Brethren came forward to greet me. 
There was no suspicion of me as a world- 
ly outsider. I was greeted with genuine 
warmth and sincerity — as a brother in 
Christ. Their friendliness was quite em- 
powering. 

The "Old Order" Brethren 

These were the "Old Order" Brethren, 
who in 1881 separated from the German 
Baptists (now the Church of the Breth- 
ren). These were the Brethren whose 
church services and style of living have 
changed little in the past hundred years. 
Their simple lifestyle and rejection of 

Dr. Willoughby is a Church of the 
Brethren educator, theologian, and his- 
torian who lives in La Verne, Calif. 
Now retired, he taught religion and 
philosophy first at Bridgewater (Va.) 
College and then at the University of 
La Verne, both of which are affiliated 
with the Church of the Brethren. 

The articles in this series were writ- 
ten for Messenger, the Church of the 
Brethren magazine, and were shared 
with the EvANGEUST editor by the edi- 
tor of that publication. 



worldly possessions are still evident in 
their homes, which exclude television, 
radios, VCR's, camcorders, and other 
"urmecessary luxuries." 

Before the "opening devotions," 
animated conversation and neighborly 
visiting prevailed — signs of a vital and 
closely-knit community. But when one 
of the brothers took his place at the 
simple lectern, a reverent silence fol- 
lowed. No disturbing noise interrupted 
the reading of scripture or the voicing of 
heart-felt prayer. No organ or piano was 
needed to lead them in their singing. 
Their voices were raised in unison, as 
they sang with feeling and fervor. There 
was grandeur and dignity in the un- 
affected sincerity of their worship. 

For an hour the first night I lectured 
on "Hochmann and Religious Free- 
dom." The audience listened intently, 
even the children. No one dozed. No 
one left the room. It was not the bril- 
liance of the lecture that held them, but 
their genuine desire for knowledge 
about their spiritual heritage. 

After a brief intermission, there was 
another hour for questions. Still no one 
dozed, and no one left. 

Who are the Old German 
Baptist Brethren? 

The Old German Baptist Brethren are 
the fourth largest of the five main 
branches of Brethren.* With approxi- 
mately 53 congregations scattered from 
Pennsylvania to Florida to California, 
they number about 6,000 in member- 
ship. One-half of them reside in Indiana 
and Ohio. 

From about 1850 to 1881, under the 
leadership of conservative elders such 

'The other four branches are the 
Church of the Brethren, the Fellowship 
of Grace Brethren Churches, the 
Dunkard Brethen, and The Brethren 
Church. 



as Peter Nead, an Old Order movement 
within the church repeatedly petitioned 
the Annual Conference to resist more 
firmly the changes taking place "across 
the brotherhood." They wanted to con- 
tinue in the "old ways" of their fathers. 
They were concerned that the Annual 
Meetings were approving "new and fast 
movements," such as Sunday schools, 
mission boards, and high schools. They 
wanted to be "separate from the ungod- 
liness" around them. 

Resolutions of 1881 

To solidify opjX)sition to liberalizing 
trends, a special conference of Old 
Order Brethren met at the Ludlow- 
Painter Creek congregation in Southern 
Ohio. After much discussion, they 
adopted the "Resolutions of August 
24th, 1881." Those members who ac- 
cepted these Resolutions agreed to 
repudiate the Annual Meetings of the 
Brethren and to hold to the "old land 
marks" which their "fathers had set" and 
to hand them down to their children as 
they had learned them. 

The Resolutions asserted that in their 
churches there must be "no Sunday- 
schools, no high schools, no revival 
meetings, no paid ministry, no mission- 
ary plans or mission boards ... no 
single mode of feet washing, no musi- 
cal instruments . . ." They also em- 
phasized that the men should "strictly 
adhere to a plain and decent uniformity 
of dress as soldiers of King Immanuel 
... no fashionable mustaches and no 
roached or shingled hair." They further 
stated that the sisters should "wear a 
plain, modest dress and bonnet; also a 
plain white cap in time of worship or on 
going abroad." 

Within a few years, a number of con- 
gregations in Pennsylvania, Indiana, 
Virginia, and Maryland accepted the 
Resolutions and changed their name to 

The Brethren Evangeust 



Old German Baptist Brethren, which is 
the name they retain today. They 
believe they are the true heirs of the 
Schwarzenau Brethren of 1708. 

Annual Meeting 

Every year since 1883, they have had 
their own Annual Meeting at the time of 
Pentecost. In many ways it is like a 
Brethren General Conference, but in 
many ways it is quite different. 

It is usually held on a farm near one 
of their meeting houses. Two large tents 
are erected — one for their meetings, 
the other for meals provided by the host 
congregation. There are other small 
tents — concession stands for the sale 
of food. Since several thousand may be 
present, the logistical problem of provid- 
ing food and shelter is awesome.* 

Members gather for a Saturday after- 
noon "preaching service," but the An- 
nual Meeting really begins on Pentecost 
Sunday. There is no raised platform, but 
in the center of the circular tent there is 
a long table, around which the elders sit. 
On the front benches other ministers and 
deacons sit. 

This is a day for singing, praying, and 
preaching. The service opens with a 
minister "lining" a hymn — reading 
several lines which the congregation 
then sings in unison. The singing is con- 
gregational. There is no sf)ecial music, 
no four-part harmony, no piano or 
organ, no quartets or choirs. The haunt- 
ing, ethereal character of the congrega- 
tional singing has had an almost 
hypnotic effect on many a visitor. 

The prayers by various ministers are 
always extemporaneous, expressing 
their obvious sincerity and concern for 
those in the community who are hurting, 
and their deep devotion to Christ and 
the church. 

Customarily there is one main ser- 
mon, lasting about an hour, followed by 
shorter sermons in response. It is my un- 
derstanding that none of the ministers 
has been officially notified that he is to 
be the "main speaker," although there is 

*The North Manchester, Ind., First 
Brethren Church prepared and served 
the meals for the Old German Baptist 
Brethren Annual Meeting held May 21- 
24, 1988. See "N. Manchester Brethren 
Serve Old German Baptist Conference," 
July/August 1988 Evangeust, p. 21. 

April 1992 




Two brethren of the Old German 
Baptist Brethren Church demonstrate 
hymn-lining to members of The Breth- 
ren Church during a visit to an Old 
German Baptist Brethren meeting house 
that was part of the Brethren heritage 
tour during the 1989 General Confer- 
ence, held at North Manchester, Ind. 

a tacit understanding about who will 
speak. 

After a noon meal recess, the after- 
noon service continues in much the 
same manner. The tent is crowded. The 
singing is vibrant and enthusiastic. The 
preaching is long, and the hard, some- 
times backless benches are certainly a 
test of devotion. 

On Pentecost evening, the love feast 
service is celebrated very much as it 
was over 200 years ago. Only Old Ger- 
man Baptist Brethren members par- 
ticipate. Non-members may observe. 

After the service of feet^washing, the 
meal is placed on the long tables. It is 
eaten in silence. Following the meal, the 
salutation of the holy kiss is passed from 
one member to another. 

The bread and cup of Communion 
follow. Since women are not allowed to 
break the bread or pass the cup of fer- 
mented wine to each other, an elder 
gives each woman a portion of bread 
and holds the cup for each one. Women 
do not participate in leading worship or 
in speaking. These are functions for 
men only. 

Business sessions 

On Monday and Tuesday, the "mes- 
sengers" (delegates) from the various 
congregations deliberate in a business 
session on the items that are passed to 



them by Standing Committee. There is 
very little business. The few items that 
are considered deal mostly with the 
relationship of the Old German Baptist 
Brethren to the impinging world around 
them, or to business and practices of the 
community. 

For example, when automobiles first 
appeared, they were generally opposed. 
But so many members bought them that 
the 1920 Annual Meeting resolved that 
those Brethren who had been expelled 
for buying automobiles should be "re- 
stored" to fellowship. It was stipulated, 
however, that the Brethren should buy 
only "cheap and plain" automobiles. 

In 1925 the Annual Meeting decided 
that the radio was not in harmony with 
the life and teaching of Christ. 

Some queries deal with matters of 
ritual, such as the one concerning the 
lining of hymns. Should the minister 
line two or four lines? Annual Meeting 
wisely answered that either way was all 
right, "depending upon the kind of 
hymn and circumstances under which it 
is used." 

The Sunday services in the local con- 
gregations are similar to the Sunday 
services at their Annual Meeting, only 
shorter. There are no bulletins, no musi- 
cal instruments, no pulpits. Traditionally 
the women sit on one side of the aisle 
and the men on the other, although this 
practice is not as rigidly followed as it 
once was. 

AFTER completing my lectures, I 
felt deeply grateful for the ex- 
perience. I was touched by the loyalty 
and dedication of the Old German Bap- 
tist Brethren to their Pietist-Anabaptist 
heritage. I was even more touched by 
the genuine community (Gemeinshaft) 
present in their common life. 

I could understand what drew Dr. 
Floyd Mallott, in his retirement, to ask 
for rebaptism into the "Old Order." I 
could understand the joy of the young 
Church of the Brethren couple, recent 
graduates of the University of La Verne, 
who were also rebaptized. They all 
found something in the Old German 
Baptist Brethren they apparently had not 
found in the Church of the Brethren — 
a simple, but structured faith; a dis- 
ciplined, but loving and caring com- 
munity, [t] 



World Relief 



The World at Our Doorstep 

People who need food, clothing, and shelter are not located just in other 
countries or the large cities of our nation. As Joyce McBride demonstrates, 
there are people in our own communities whom we can reach out and help. 



CAN YOU IMAGINE that a 
prosperous little mid-western 
town with a population of around 
6,000 — a town that was featured 
several yeeirs ago on Good Morn- 
ing, America as an ideal small 
community — could have people 
with desperate material as well 
as spiritual needs? 

Who could they be? 

• They are people who are nearly 
invisible to most of us, we who 
are busily caught up in our 
regular church activities. They 
might even be members of our 
own churches who are too em- 
barrassed to make their needs 
known. Or they might be people 
who don't attend because they 
feel that they "don't fit in." 

• They are the transients, the sick, 
the hungry, the cold, and even 
the homeless. They may be just 
a stone's throw from a church. 
Their plight may be only tempo- 
rary. Or it may be long-standing. 

• They are people who, through no 
fault of their own, can't stretch 
their money far enough to cover 
the period between when their 
last paycheck stops and their un- 
employment begins. Or someone 
who needs medicine desperately 
but who can't charge it at the 
local pharmacy. 

• They are young single parents 
whose paycheck just doesn't last 
to the end of the month. They are 
people who have no money for 
gasoline but who are expected to 

Mrs. McBride is a member of the 
First Brethren Church of North Man- 
chester, Ind., and serves as the 
treasurer for Reach. She is also a 
member of the Social Responsibilities 
Commission of The Brethren Church. 



look for work. They are people 
who, because they live in a small 
community, do not have access to 
food pantries, shelters for the 
homeless, or the charitable 
works of the Salvation Army. 
• They are people who for dozens 
of reasons may need help and who 
in desperation call a local church. 
At one time or another Breth- 
ren of the North Manchester, 
Ind., First Brethren Church have 
been privileged to help in all of 
these situations plus many more 
because of a program called 
Reach. Reach is a ministry that 
grew out of the Home Missions 
Committee of our local Fellow- 
ship of Churches, of which the 
North Manchester First Brethren 
Church is a member. 

The operation policy of this pro- 
gram states, "Reach exists to 
minister the love of Jesus Christ 
to those in crisis by distributing 
the resources God provides 
through the people of our com- 
munity." And to the best of our 
ability, that is what we do. 

Kinds of help given 

Since the prayerful inception of 
this ministry eleven years ago, 
much has happened to expand its 
outreach. One major addition was 
the opening of a Thrift Shop, 
which a Christian couple, Ted 
and Ginny Coon, spent hundreds 
of hours stocking and organizing. 
The, shop is open four hours a 
day, six days a week, and is en- 
tirely operated by Christian 
volunteers. It contains clothing 
that is clean and in good condi- 
tion, and which is free to those 
who can't afford to pay. It also 
has a food pantry. And at every 
opportunity, these home mis- 



sionaries testify to their faith. 

Reach pays for afternoon milk 
for some of the children in our 
local elementary schools who 
qualify for the free lunch pro- 
gram, but which unfortunately, 
no longer includes milk. Those 
who need this milk most would 
not be getting it otherwise. 

The local township trustee calls 
us or refers clients to us on a reg- 
\i\ar basis, and the police depart- 
ment also offers our phone number 
to those needing assistance. 

Helping transients 

Helping transients is a part of 
our program. We have supplied 
gasoline, paid for car repairs, 
provided transportation to the 
nearest bus line, and even pur- 
chased bus tickets for those in 
need. We have also provided 
meals and lodging. 

Recently, after one of the local 
churches became involved in 
several of these situations, they 
began looking into the pos- 
sibilities of a shelter. Through 
their efforts, a young man who 
was critically ill and living in his 
car now has his own place. A 
homeless, indigent woman now 
has a home and a job because of 
their help. Another young man 
who was trying to put his life 
back together after severe domes- 
tic problems now has employ- 
ment as a result of their concern. 
In each case Reach helped by 
supplying some money, but other 
Christians supplied much more 
by the personal interest and 
loving concern they displayed. 

Sometimes we cannot assist, as 
in the case of those whose needs 
are not of a critical nature. But 
others times we can whisper a 



10 



The Brethren Evangeust 



prayer of thanks when needs 
and people who can meet 
those needs come together. 

Such was the case when an 
unemployed, mid- 
dle-aged woman 
called to tell us 
that she had been 
selling off her fur- 
niture in order to 
live. She was 
ashamed to tell 
anyone, including 
her out-of-state 
children. When she 
began to fear that 
the used bed she had purchased 
would be repossessed, she tear- 
fully called us, explaining that 
she found that she could not func- 
tion after sleeping on the floor. 

When the person who had sold 
the woman the bed learned about 
the situation, he not only would 
not accept payment from Reach, 
he even gave the woman a part- 
time job. Needless to say, she was 
able to keep the bed. 

Help with utilities 

Since o\ir Christmas Drive last 
December (when more than 100 
families were cheerfully supplied 
boxes of food and gifts for their 
children), various families have 
turned to us for help in keeping 
their utilities on. One mother of 
five small children called us, 
frantic because her gas had been 
disconnected. A local principal 
reported that a single parent 
with children did not have water. 

Other emergency situations 
have been meet, such as the 
woman who called because she 
had been without her vital 
medicine for over a week and 
knew that it would be two more 
weeks before her Medicaid would 
become effective. At other times 
Reach has paid medical bills, or 
purchased eyeglasses for school 
children who were in desperate 
need of them. 

These are just a few examples 
of the many, many ways people 
find themselves in need of some- 
one to turn to for help or advice. 




But where do we get the money 
to help these people? Churches, 
community organizations, and car- 
ing individuaJs contribute. Reach 
has also been the recipient of 
some memorial funds and estates. 
A local grocery store makes a 
large donation each year by des- 
ignating one day a year as "Reach 
Day." The store gives us a percent- 
age of all sales made that day. 

Because we are a recognized 
agency in the community, we can 
also serve as an agent for the 
electric company's Helping Hand 
program and the gas company's 
Gift of Warmth program. The an- 
nual Crop Walk also provides a 
large amount each year. 

Through their Campus Minis- 
try Board, local Manchester Col- 
lege students also worked out a 
plan whereby they gave up a 
meal and sold it to the towns- 
people, with the proceeds going to 
Reach. This proved to be very 
successful. Any profits from the 
Thrift Shop, which is operated 
entirely by volunteers, also is 
used to help in other ways. 

Low overhead expenses 

Reach is an unusual agency in 
that nearly 100 percent of what is 



World Relief 

given is used to help the needy. 
No expenses are taken out except 
for postage and checks. Not 
many charitable groups can 
say that — even Christian 
charitable groups. 

Do we ever tell someone 
that we can't help them? Yes, 
this is sometimes the case. We 
can only offer emergency help. 
Some people need more than 
that. In such cases we try to give 
advice and to refer persons to 
other agencies that may be able 
to provide the kind of assistance 
they need. 

Furthermore, we only help with 
necessities. For example, while 
we do help with other utility bills, 
we do not pay phone bills. And we 
never give money directly to the 
people in need. Instead, we pay 
directly for the food, gasoline, 
utility bill, etc. 

An imperfect program 

This is an imperfect program 
operated by imperfect Christian 
people working as volunteers. 
But by God's grace we are en- 
deavoring to implement Jesus' 
words in Matthew 25:40: "I tell 
you the truth, whatever you did 
for one of the least of these 
brothers of mine, you did for me." 

Can a small, comfortable, mid- 
western community include peo- 
ple who have desperate material 
needs? I'll let you decide. [t] 



Questions for Reflection 
and for Action 

1 . What needy people are 
present in your community 
and what are their needs 
(food, clothing, shelter, 
medicine, utilities, trans- 
portation)? 

2. How is your community 
seeking to meet those 
needs? 

3. How is your church involved 
in meeting those needs? 

4. How are you involved? 

5. What more dould you do? 



April 1992 



11 



World Relief 



World Relief 

At Work Around the World 



In the Middle East 

MORE than a million Kurdish 
people became refugees as a 
result of the Middle East War in 1991. 
World Relief Corporation (WRC) of 
the National Association of Evangel- 
icals joined with other relief agencies 
in providing aid to these displaced 
people. 

Last April World Relief sent an ini- 
tial sum of $20,000 to a WRC team at 
the Turkish-Iraqi border for the pur- 
chase of a high-protein food to be 
given to the most needy of the 
refugees. The following month WRC 
began helping to fund the operation of 
a medical clinic in Zakho, Iraq, serv- 
ing the primary health needs of Kurd- 
ish refugees. The clinic was operated 
by Christian Outreach, an evangelical 
relief agency based in England. 

Following six weeks of operation by 
Christian Outreach, the clinic was 
turned over to local staff, who con- 
tinued to ojjerate the facility. During 
the initial six-week period, the medical 
staff at the clinic treated nearly 5,000 




This well in Malawi, financed by World Relief, provides not only water, but 
also an opportunity for many to learn about 'Living Water." Photo by Dick Anderson. 



returning Kurdish refugees suffering 
from illnesses such as diarrhea, 
respiratory infections, hepatitis A, 
typhoid fever, and malaria. 




Kurdish refugees fleeing into the mountains of Turkey. World Relief provided 
money for high-protein food and medical assistance. World Relief photo. 



In Africa 

A WELL that Worid Relief helped 
to drill in Chizedi, a village in 
Malawi, West Africa, has not only 
reduced illness from drinking polluted 
water, is has also resulted in improved 
attendance at a church near the well. 

"Before the well, people didn't 
know about our church," said Frank 
Dumba, pastor of the Pentecostal Holi- 
ness Church. "The Lord gave us this 
bore hole, and after that the people 
said, 'Let's go and see.' Now the 
church is full every Sunday." Within 
seven months after the well was 
drilled, attendance at the village 
church increased from 90 to 160 
people, and three new church branches 
were established. 

Before the well was drilled, village 
women walked four hours a day to get 
water from the nearest usable source. 
The water was polluted, causing 
chronic dianhea, a leading killer of 
small children in developing nations. 
Desperate for a solution. Pastor 
Dumba encouraged his congregation 
to pray and trust the Lord. 



12 



The Brethren Evangeust 



Their prayers were answered: World 
Relief helped drill a bore hole and in- 
stalled a water pump for the village. 
The well now provides clean water to 
more than 3,000 people in the village. 

The number of diarrhea cases has 
decreased and the people are healthier. 
In addition, the women now have 
more time to care for their children 
and grow vegetables. Many women 
are learning to read and write. 

Pastor Dumba also uses the well to 
illustrate the message of Christ. One 
day a week, the day when the largest 
crowd has gathered to draw water, he 
witnesses to the unsaved while they 
wait their turn. He teaches them about 
Jesus, the Living Water, and how He 
can cleanse us from all sin. 

In Central America 

WHEN World Relief's Child Sur- 
vival health workers first saw 
Edgar, 3, a little over a year ago in 
Honduras, he was near death, weak- 
ened by malnutrition, constant diar- 
rhea, and other infections. Doctors 
from a local Christian organization got 
Edgar to a hospital, where a month of 
care saved his life. 




Photo by Cecil Cole 

Little Edgar has hope for a brighter 
future, thanks to World Relief 

During this time his mother, Rina, 
began attending World Relief's Child 
Survival meetings. "I learned my 
children were sick a lot from drinking 
bad water, and I thought feeding them 
tortillas and beans was enough to keep 
them well," she said. "Now I've 
learned to boil our water and prepare 
different foods. I've seen a lot of dif- 
ference; all our children are healthier 



Countries Receiving Disaster Response Aid 
From World Relief in 1991 

Kind of Relief 

Food and medicine 
Grain disribution 
Housing recxinstruction 
General aid and housing 
Housing reconstruction 
Housing reconstruction 
Housing reconstruction 
General emergency relief 
Housing reconstruction 
General and support of med- 
ical clinic in Kurdish area 
Food for Gulf War refugees 
General emergency relief 
Grain distribution 
Food and medicine 
Housing reconstruction 
Food and medicine 
Food and medicine 
Medical supplies 
Emergency supplies 
Emergency food 
Housing reconstruction 
General emergency relief 

In addition to providing disaster relief to the above-mentioned countries, 
World Relief helped with community health, development, or refugee assist- 
ance programs in the foltowing countries: Afghanistan, Cambodia, Haiti, 
Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Senegal, Sri Lanka, 
Swaziland, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United States. 



Country 


Emergency 


Bangladesh 


Cyclone 


Burkina Faso 


Drought 


Burundi 


War 


Costa Rica 


Earthquake 


El Salvador 


Earthquake, civil war 


Ethiopia 


War 


Guatemala 


Earthquake 


Honduras 


Flood 


Indonesia 


Earthquake 


Iraq 


War 


Jordan 


War 


Malawi 


Ftood 


Mali 


Drought 


Mozambique 


Civil war 


Penj 


Earthquake 


Philippines 


Volcanic eruption 




Mudslides/floods 


Romania 


Economic failures 


Rwanda 


War 


Sudan 


Famine 


Western Samoa 


Hurricane 


Yugoslavia 


War 



now. We almost lost Edgar . . . but 
now I have hope he'll grow up and be 
a school teacher." 

Edgar's father, Salome, also ap- 
preciates World Relief's ministries in 
Honduras. He believes that his four 
children will have a better life as they 
grow up: "I'm going to be sure they 
have the right food, stay healthy, go to 
school, get an education, and learn a 
trade. Without those things, they won't 
have much of a future." 

In the United States 

THE MORE the First Assembly of 
God Church in Binghamton, N.Y., 
has given, the more they have received 
— literally. Since the church became 
involved in refugee resettlement in 
1988, all aspects of foreign mission as- 
sistance have increased. "I don't know 
if it is directly related to our refugee 
ministry," said senior pastor Ronald 
Piedmont, "but our foreign missionary 
giving has almost doubled since 1988. 
In fact, in spite of the bad economy in 
this part of the state, our church in- 
come this year will be the highest it 
has ever been." 

The congregation became involved 
in refugee resettlement in 1988, when 
Church World Service asked the church 
to sfKjnsor seven family members from 
the Ukraine. "Our people respranded 
tremendously with clothes, furniture 
and finances," says Pastor Piedmonte. 
Since then, 12 more Ukrainian Chris- 
tians have been resettled. 

The church also helps Vietnamese 




Photo by Jim Whitmer 

Refugee resettlement gives children 
like these the chance for a better life. 



April 1992 



13 



World Relief Ministries 

To carry out its mission, World 

Relief focuses on providing iielp in 

four ministry areas: 

Disaster Response — immediate 
help to the most vulnerable vic- 
tims following a disaster. 

Community Health — efforts to 
eliminate the causes of disease 
through immunization,, education, 
and preventive medicine. 

Economic Development — enab- 
ling families to provide for them- 
selves by helping them learn nev»^ 
skills and providing them small 
loans. 

Refugee Assistance — helping 
victims of persecution start a new 
life in the United States by provid- 
ing friendship, physical help, and 
spiritual ministry. 



and Hispanic refugees resettled by 
World Relief. Today the church has 
two Vietnamese-language Sunday 
school classes with about 70 in attend- 
ance. Ten Vietnamese have been bap- 
tized in the past two years. Most of 
these people had probably never heard 
of Jesus before they left Vietnam. 

In addition 48 church members have 
assisted World Relief by acting as 
mentors for Amerasian refugees, 
providing positive role models and 
helping Amerasians adjust to 
American Life. 

"It's made my family's life richer," 



said Paul Strichart, a high school 
teacher and mentor. "It's been good 
for my kids because it's exposed them 
to other ways of life; they've learned 
about Vietnam and communism in a 
real way." 

in Europe 

FIGHTING in the former Yugoslav 
republic of Croatia has forced 
some 700,000 people from their homes, 
the largest number of 
displaced people in 
Europe since World 
War n. World Relief 
is helping churches 
meet their emergency 
needs. 

In cooperation with 
AGAPE, the interna- 
tional relief arm of 
the Evangelical Church 
in Croatia, World 
Relief is distributing 
emergency packs 
containing sugar, 
flour, cooking oil, 
rice, pasta, beans, 
fruit, dried meat, cof- 
fee, and other items. 
These 40-pound packs 
cost approximately 
$20 and provide four 
weeks worth of food 
for an average family 
of four. AGAPE is 
also providing cloth- 



ing and meeting some medical needs. 
AGAPE has organized three dis- 
tribution centers in the Croatian capital 
of Zagreb, a city of more than 800,000 
people that has been flooded by 
100,000 to 150,000 refugees. Nine 
other distribution centers have been 
opened in centers in outlying Croatian 
cities. World Relief is committed to 
providing up to $100,000 in relief as- 
sistance in Croatia. [t] 




Photo by Martin Hartog 

Displaced Croatians wait in line to receive an emer- 
gency packet at a Church of God in Vincovci, Croatia. 



For the Record 



iQTAL BRETHREN GIVING to 

World Relief for 1991 was 

?,715.81. This was $9,269.87 more 



Top Ten Cliurches 
In Per Capita* Giving 


Cliurcli 

1 . St. Petersburg 

2. Smoky Row 

3. Northgate Community 

4. Mt Olivet 


Amount 
Per Capita* 

$101.45 
69,61 
35,14 
32.30 


5. Stodrton 


29.51 


6. Brush Valley 

7. Brighton Chapel 

8. Mt. Olive 


29.05 
26.53 

25.92 


9. Tucson 


24.15 


10. Maurertown 


23.59 


♦Based on the Ctiurch Qrowtti Irkfex (sum 
of momtjership, average worship attendance, 
and average Sunday school attendance 
cBvided by tfiree). 



than was received in 1990, represent- 
ing a 11.5 percent increase. 

Only 1989 giving was higher. That 
year a $22,216.48 bequest brought the 
total to $98,892.75. 

The World Relief Corporation 
(WRC) of the National Association of 
Eangelicals (NAE) again gave special 
recognition and a plaque to The Breth- 
ren Church for having the highest per 
capita giving to World Relief of all the 
NAE member denominations. This was 
presented during the WRC breakfast at 
the NAE convention 

Average per capita giving for World 
Relief during 1991, based on the 
Church Growth Index (the sum of mem- 
bership, average worship attendance, 
and average Sunday school attendance 
divided by three), was $8.70. This was 



Per Capita* Giving 
By District 


District 

1. Southwest 




Amount 

Per Capita* 

$18.90 


2. N. California 




18.22 


3. Southeastern 




11.73 


4. Florida 




8.86 


5. Indiana 




8.67 


6. Pennsylvania 

7. Ohio 




8.38 
7.66 


8. Central 




6.40 


9. f^^idwest 




4.44 


•Based on the Church Growth Index (sum 
of memt>ership, average worsh^ attendance, 
and average Sunday school attendance 
divided by three). 



$2.70 more than the Fair Share goal of 
$6.00 per Church Growth Index. This 
was possible, even though 28 churches 
gave nothing to World Relief, be- 
cause 64 churches gave more than 
their Fair Share. [t] 



14 



The Brethren Evangeust 



UPDATE 



BRETHREN CHURCH NEWS 



Garber Brethren Church Dedicates 
New Sanctuary on Sunday, March 1 



Ashland, Ohio — A capacity crowd of 
around 205 people gathered in the new 
sanctuary of the Garber Brethren 
Church of Ashland on Sunday after- 
noon, March 1, to participate in the 
dedication service of the new edifice. 

Former pastor Rev. James Rowsey, 
who served the congregation from 1961 
to 1963, gave the dedication address for 
the service, which was conducted by 
Rev. Ralph Gibson, the current pastor. 
Also participating in the service were 
former pastors Rev. Herb Gilmer (77- 
83), and Rev. Smith Rose (interim, 87- 
89, and a current member of the church). 

Special music for the service included 
a vocal solo by Elizabeth Garrett and an 
anthem by the church choir under the 
direction of Janice Rowsey. Mrs. Fiow- 
sey also played the organ for the service, 
and pianists were Martha Weaver and 
Beth Maurer. 

The new 3,400 square-foot addition is 
of wood-frame construction covered with 
vinyl siding. Seating in the beautifully 
decorated sanctuary is padded, Inter- 
connectable chairs, rather than pews. 



Cost of construction and furnishings 
was approximately $185,000. A consid- 
erable amount of the labor was done by 
the members of the congregation and by 

Former and cur- 
rent pastors of the 
church at the ded- 
ication service in- 
cluded {I. to r.) 
Russ King (83-87), 
Smith Rose (inter- 
im, 87-89), Herb 
Gilmer (77-83). 
Jim Rowsey (61- 
63), Ralph Gibson 
(89-present), and 
(not shown) Boh 
Holsinger ("class 
leader, "c. 49-51). 

45 to 50 Brethren Men of Mission (and 
two "women of mission"). The pulpit, 
Communion table, and chancel cross in 
the new sanctuary were purchased with 
a gift from the Trinity Lutheran Church 
of Ashland. 

Melvin Felty Associates of Mansfield 
designed the building, Mendenhall Con- 



struction of Ashland served as contrac- 
tor coordinator, and Larry Rice was the 
construction coordinator. The planning 
committee for the building was Bill 
Kemer, Conrad Griffith, Ralph Men- 
denhall, Russ Gordon, Martha Weaver, 
Joanne Kroft, and Pastor Ralph Gibson. 
The decoration committee was Martha 
Weaver, Sherrie Gordon, Bonnie Gib- 




son, Peggy Long, Donna Stoffer, and 
Janice Rowsey. 

Since completing the new sanctuary, 
the Garber Brethren have begun re- 
modeling the former sanctuary for use 
as a fellowship area. Plans are also 
being made for construction of two Sun- 
day school classrooms. 



Mark Ray Installed as Director of 
Ministries and Youth at Sarasota 

Sarasota, Fla. — Mark Ray was in- 
stalled as Director of Ministries and 
Youth on January 19 at the Sarasota 
First Brethren Church. 

Though from Milford, Ind., where he 
grew up in the Milford First Brethren 




Church, Mark is no stranger to the 
Sarasota First Brethren Church, 
having served there as a Crusader In- 
tern during the summer of 1990. Mark 
is a December 1991 graduate of Ashland 

April 1992 



University, where he majored in reli- 
gion and minored in philosophy. In add- 
ition to his internship at Sarasota in 
1990, he served three terms (1987-89) 
as a Summer Crusader. 

Mark's responsibilities at Sarasota 
First Brethren will include working 
with the Ministry of Education in over- 
seeing the youth and children's minis- 
tries and the Sunday school program; 
helping the Ministry of Outreach 
develop programs for evangelistic out- 
reach and for follow-up of prospects; and 
assisting the pastor with calling, 
preaching, teaching, etc., as needed. 

Sarasota Pastor Dan Gray and Mod- 



erator Leo Elliott led the installation 
service. Also taking part was Rev. Paul 
Tinkel, pastor of the Milford First Breth- 
ren Church, Matrk's home congregation. 
Following the service, a Welcome 
Dinner was held in Mark's honor at the 
home of Tate and Lucy Gabbert. After 
the meal, Mark was featured in a pro- 
gram about hats, planned by Mary 
Ellen Swope. Mark received and 
modeled a few of the popular hats of 
Florida — Mickey Mouse ears, the Flor- 
ida State cap, etc. He was also the 
honored(?) recepient of a pair of Tampa 
Bay Buccaneer boxer shorts. 

— reported by Vanda Funkhouser 



Adrian, Pa. — Twenty- 
four children ages 5- 
12 built model cars 
with the help of their 
parents and entered 
them in the Brush- 
wood Derby, held 
February 15 by the 
Brush Valley Brethren 
Church. Pictured are 
the four winners — (I. 
to r.) Stacey Miller, 
1st place; Kendra 

Simpson, 2nd place; Joshua Croyle, 3rd place; and Brittany Scholl, 4th place. Missing from the 
photo is Jamie Lewis, who received the award for the best-looking car in the show. 

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UPDATE 



Ohio District Conference Held March 14 
At West Alexandria 1st Brethren Church 



West Alexandria, Ohio — Brethren of 
the Ohio District gathered at the West 
Alexandria First Brethren Church on 
Saturday March 14 for a time of in- 
spiration and fellowship and to conduct 
district business. 

The conference began with vocal 
selections by Claudia Hurst aind April 
Lowmaster and prayer by the host pas- 
tor, Rev. David Oligee. Then followed a 
message by the General Conference 
Moderator, Rev. Marlin McCann. 

"We are not the praying people God 
wants us to be," Moderator McCann told 
the 128 Ohio Brethren (28 elders, 53 lay 
delegates, and 47 guests) assembled for 
the conference. According to Rev. Mc- 
Cann, Christians are under attack by 
Satan, and if we are to prevail, we must 
use our God-given weapon of prayer. 
Such praying, he said, must be percep- 
tive (in harmony with God's will), per- 
severing ("Have you ever prayed for an 
hour?"), passionate (with fervor), and par- 
ticular (for specific people and needs). 

Following Rev. McCann's message. 
District Moderator James F. Black, pas- 
tor of The Brethren Church at New 
Lebanon, led the conference delegates 
in conducting the business of the dis- 
trict. Business consisted primarily of 
the election of officers and reports from 



the treasurer, statistician, district 

boards, and denominational ministries. 

Statistician Rev. Bill Walk reported 



(from 2,923 to 3,321), a ten percent in- 
crease in membership (from 3,416 to 
3,752), and a six percent increase in 
average Sunday school attendance 
(from 1,496 to 1,591). 

District Board of Christian Education 
chairman Rex McConahay also gave a 
positive report of the 1991 camping pro- 
gram, which had a record 
enrollment of 275 campers 
(up 32 from 1990 enroll- 
ment). He also announced a 
work camp planned for 
Memorial Day weekend 
(May 22-25). Projects will 
include re-roofing Cedar 
Lodge, constructing a new 
cabin, and painting the out- 
side of the bath house. 

In elections, Shirley 
Bowers, Stan Gentle, and 
Perry Deeter were re- 
elected as secretary, treas- 
urer, and assistant treas- 
urer respectively. Linda 
Geaslen was elected assist- 
ant secretary, and Dorman 
During the conference, Tom Staffer (I.) was presented a ^'^ ^^^ elected statisti- 
plaque expressing the Ohio District's appreciation for his ^^^^- rtev. J mi Kowsey, pas- 
many years of service {approximately 25) as district treas- *" "® omitnviiie orein- 
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congregations in the district showed a 
14 percent increase over 1990 in 
average morning worship attendance 



Gibson, pastor of the Ashland, Garber 
Brethen Church, is the new moderator. 
Next year's Ohio District Conference 
is scheduled for March 13 at the Ash- 
land Garber Brethren Church. 



Secret Grandparents Revealed 
At Goshen 1st Brethren Church 

Goshen, Ind. — That which was hid- 
den for a year came to the light at the 
Goshen First Brethren Church on Sun- 
day evening, March 15, when "secret 
grandparents" were revealed. 

A year earlier the members of the 
Friendship Sunday school class had 
"adopted" the members of the senior 
youth group of the church (grades 6-12) 
as their secret grandchildren. Through- 
out the year these "secret grand- 
parents" had prayed for their adopted 
grandchildren and had remembered 
them on birthdays, holidays, and other 
special occasions with cards or notes. 

During the year, the 23 young people 
who had been "adopted" did not know 
who was sending these cards and notes. 
Now the night had come for each young 
person's secret grandparent to be re- 
vealed. 

According to reporter Peggy Miller, 
"It was obvious from the satisfaction 
that was reflected on the faces of our 
senior members that this was a much- 

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with a new set of "grandchildren" to be 
adopted in June. 

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anticipated moment in their lives. The 
response from our youth was also 
gratifying. For a small space of time, 
there was 
no gener- 
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greatest 
gift to all 
of us — 
His un- 
condition- 
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and ac- 
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plans to 
continue 
the "Sec- 
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parent" 
program 

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the year on it in their classroom throughout the year to remind them of their adopted 
ahead, grandchildren. 

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Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder 
them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 19:14). 

Easter — a Time to Celebrate ^P 

This is the time of year when we celebrate Easter. But do you know what 

Easter is all about? Is It about bunnies and chicks and baskets and candy? 

Easter Is much more than these things. Easter Is the last and greatest day (7T|}?lSTi 
of a whole week (eight days, actually) of special events In the life of Jesus. iq DlCpK] 

The events began on Palm Sunday. This is the day when we remember ^ ^^ 
how Jesus rode Into the city of Jerusalem on a donkey, while people praised Him and 
spread branches of trees on the road In front of Him. Later in the week was a sad day 
that we call Good Friday. This Is the day when we remember Jesus' death on the cross. 
Then comes Easter Sunday — the day when God raised Jesus from the dead. And it Is 
because Jesus rose from the dead on that day that we celebrate Easter. 

The Bible tells us in the sixth chapter of Romans that we were slaves to sin and that 
we should have died for our sin. But Jesus died for us Instead, so that we can go free. 

This great truth sounds a lot like the reason for another eight-day festival called 
Passover, which the Jewish people celebrate each year. In fact, one of the things that 
Jesus and His disciples did while they were In Jerusalem during that week was to 
celebrate the Passover. Jesus and His disciples were Jews, and one way they worshiped 
God was by remembering the way He had set the people of Israel free from slavery In 
Egypt. You can read about the Passover for yourself In Exodus 12:1-42. 

Easter and Passover have many things In common. Let's look at some of them. 

1 . Both Easter and Passover are very special that 

have been celebrated by many people for thousands of years. Answers 

2. Both celebrations recall days of events. blood 

3. Both are times of praising God for setting His people free from powerful 
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4. Both events, when they first happened, were marked by the Bible 
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5. Both are celebrated with special to eat. foods 

6. Both events can be read about In the . slavery 

7. Both are times of praising God for His victory. 

When the early church celebrated Easter, they used a special greeting when they 
saw one another. Solve the puzzle below to reveal this special greeting. First do the 
arithmetic problems and write the answers on the first row of lines. Then, using the key, 
write the proper letter for each number. You can use these words to greet your family 
and friends on Easter Sunday. 

Key: 10 = E; 3 = H; 7 = 1; 4 = N; 5 = R; 6 = S. 
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17 



UPDATE 



National Assn. of Evangelicals Celebrates 
50th Anniversary at March Convention 



Chicago, 111. — Eleven Brethren 
Church members joined hundreds of 
other evangehcals from across the U.S. 
in celebrating the 50th anniversary of 
the National Association of Evangel- 
icals at NAE's 50th convention, held 
March 3—5 near Chicago. 

The three-day convention, which had 
as its themie, "Forward in Faith — 50 
years of Evangelical Cooperation," 
began with an address by President 
George Bush at the opening luncheon 
and climaxed with challenging words 
from evangelist Billy Graham at the 
closing banquet. 

The convention position paper, "For- 
ward in Faith," provided an overview of 
NAE's 50-year history and objectives 
and expressed the hope that "under 
God, we may serve our people and na- 
tion more unitedly, more significantly 
and with ever-increasing effectiveness." 



Officially launched during the con- 
vention was a Christian Citizenship 
Campaign, a nationwide effort to enlist 
evangelicals to pray for political leaders 
and to register one million new voters. 

Speakers at the plenary sessions of 
the convention included well-known 
authors Stuart and Jill Briscoe; Taylor 
University president Jay Kesler; Joel 
Gregory, pastor of the Dallas, Tex., First 
Baptist Church; Dennis Kenlaw, chan- 
cellor of Asbury College; and Bill 
Hybels, pastor of Willow Creek Com- 
munity Church, South Barrington, 111. 
Peter Kuzmic, "Mr. Evangelical of East- 
em Europe," spoke at the concluding 
banquet, relating the combination of 
new freedoms in Eastern Europe and 
the horror of civil war in his native 
Yugoslavia. 

The convention presented the Lay- 
person of the Year Award to Bill and 



Take Five at Noon to Pray 
On National Day of Prayer 




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OULD 
you be 
'i Of May willing to give 
five minutes 
ofyourtimeto 
help our country? Here's a chance to do just 
that. 

Congress has declared Thursday, May 
7, America's 1992 Annual National Day 
of Prayer. The National Day of Prayer 
Task Force urges all Americans to be 
involved in this national observfince, 
especially be setting aside five minutes 
at noon on May 7 to pray for our nation. 
Specifically, we are encouraged to: 

• Acknowledge our dependence on God. 

• Give thsinks for the many blessings 
God has given us. 

• Ask God to guide our leaders and to 
bring healing, reconciliation, and 
wholeness to our nation and its 
people. 

Praying is easier than running for 
office, voting, or any number of civic 
duties. Nevertheless, prayer is one of 
the most profoundly constructive things 
we can do for our country. 

"As Americans pray together, we'll 
find new strength and guidance from 
God — both as individuals and as a 
nation," said Shirley Dobson, Chairper- 
son of the National Day of Prayer Task 
Force. "United prayer can help America 
renew our commitment to our moral 

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and spiritual heritage so we can fulfill 
our potential as a nation." 

Meet at City Hall 

In addition to this five minutes of 
prayer at noon on May 7, a committee 
headed by Dr. Donald E. Wildmon (pres- 
ident of the American Family Associa- 
tion) is calling on concerned Americans 
to go a step farther and to Meet at City 
Hall from 12:20 to 12:40 on the National 
Day of Prayer to pray for a moral rebirth 
in America. People from across our land 
are encouraged to go to their local city 
hall to join with others in asking God to 
forgive our sinfulness and to restore our 
moral perspective. 

According to Wildmon, Meet at City 
Hall gatherings are already scheduled 
In approximately 1,000 cities across the 
country, and it appears that gatherings 
may be held in as many as 2,000 cities. 
Said Wildmon, "Without a doubt, it will 
be the largest public prayer meeting 
this country has ever had." 

Besides the corporate prayer oppor- 
tunities at noon and from 12:20 to 12:40 
at city hall, many churches will sponsor 
special prayer services and gatherings 
on the National Day of Prayer. With all 
these opportunities to do so, let us plan 
to join other Americans in prayer. Let's 
pray together for the good of our country 
and of our world. 



Gloria Gaither, performers and prolific 
songwriters, for their contribution to 
the musical heritage of the church. The 
13th annual Helping Hands Award was 
presented to Ngan Thi Tran, pastor of 
the Chicago Uptown Vietnamese Church 
of the Nazarene, in recognition of her 
life of service to the poor. Herself a 
former Vietnamese refugee. Pastor Tran 
has assisted in the relocation of ap- 
proximately 1,200 refugees in the U.S. 
Brethren Church members at the con- 
vention were David Benshoff, James R. 
Black, David Cooksey, Gene Eckerley, 
Russell Gordon, Marlin McCann, Juan 
and Maria Miranda, Randy Saultz, Ifon- 
ald W. Waters, and Richard Winfield. 



New Paris Beats Winter Blahs 
With Teacher-Training Seminar 

New Paris, Ind. — The New Paris 
First Brethren Church held a teacher- 
training seminar in January, and found 
it a good way to beat the winter blahs. 

Fifteen people gathered at the church 
for a weekend seminar entitled The 
Seven Laws of the Teacher. This seven- 
part video series challenged and 
motivated the teachers to look at their 
present teaching and to consider ways 
they could improve. According to Pastor 
Brad Hardesty, the videos were "funny, 
sobering, and real eye-openers." 

While the teachers watched and 
learned upstairs, their children were 
involved in an activity center down- 
stairs, manned by Keith Wogomon. In 
addition to providing a place for their 
children, the center gave the teachers 
an opportunity to see a full-fledged 
learning center in action. 

A five-star lunch and refreshments 
for seminar participants were provided 
by New Paris member Orpha Toth. Pas- 
tor Hardesty found it hard to get the 
group back from breaks, because every- 
one wanted to linger around the tables. 

When it was all over — the videos all 
shown, the food all eaten, and the 
children had completed their games — 
all involved agreed that it had been a 
worthwhile weekend. Said Pastor Har- 
desty, "What a way to break up the 
winter; and what a way to serve the 
Lord!" Your church might want to keep 
this in m^ind for next winter. 

By the crowning miracle of the Res- 
urrection unmistakable evidence is 
given to the world that the words and 
works of Jesus Christ are not the mere 
wisdom of some human sage, nor the 
sayings of a great philosopher, nor the 
dreams of an inspired poet, but the words 
and works of God. — E.P. Dempsey 

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UPDATE 



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Brethren House Ministries of St. 

Petersburg, Fla., is celebrating its 25th 
anniversary year in 1992. The Brethren 
House team of Rev. Phil and Jean Lersch 
and Bonnie Munson develops and publishes 
Christian education resources, prints a 
newsletter filled with ideas and suggestions 
for more creative teaching, and conducts 
Christian education workshops and sem- 
inars. As a part of their 25th anniversary 
year, the team is working on a new book that 
will share learning activities by describing 
moments at Brethren House during the past 
25 years. 

Pastor Jim and Judy Kirkendall were 
chosen as Sweetheart Couple of the Year at 
the Brush Valley Brethren Church, Adrian, 
Pa. They were honored at a dinner held on 
February 16th. 

Correction: In an "Update" article on page 
16 of the February EVANGELIST, "Bethlehem 
Church Celebrates Life of Member Mae 
Wenger," the honoree was wrongly identified 
as Miss Mae Wenger. It should have been Mrs. 
Mae Logan Wenger. She is the widow of P.G. 
Wenger. 



VOTE 

SUNDAY SCHOOL 

"It is in Sunday School 
that I learned the Bible . . . 
and became acquainted 
with those great figures 
that have provided the 
foundation for my faith. 
Unless people attend Sun- 
day School there is likeli- 
hood they will end up as 
biblical illiterates." 



Tony Campolo 

Eastern College 
St. Davids. Pa. 




During 1991 the Oakville, Ind., First 
Brethren Church began a second worship 
service, added 37 new members (24 by 
baptism, 13 by letter), saw average Sunday 
school attendance go from 64 to 92, and 
sponsored five youth ministries with a com- 
bined average attendance of 65. 

Senior adults of the St. James Brethren 
Church were honored at a luncheon and 
program on Senior Citizen Sunday in 
February. A fashion show was featured with 
the men of the church serving as models! 
The seniors have formed a Senior Adult 
Choir, and they presented a musical and 
skit, "Surely Goodness and Mercy," to the 
congregation in March. They also presented 
the program to 42 men at the local Union 
Rescue Mission, where they were well- 
received. 

Brethren of the Johnstown, Pa., Third 
Church enjoyed a buffet meal (prepared by 
the women of the church under the direc- 
tion of Ruth Schellhammer) and an enjoy- 
able program led by Delores Golby at a 
Valentine's dinner on February 16. They 



learned that St. Valentine was a real person 
who, in the early years of the church, gave 
his life as a martyr for the cause of Christ. 



* * * 



Evangelist BiUy Graham made an un- 
precedented five-day visit to North Korea 
March 3 1 -April 4. This was the first time a 
foreign evangelist had been invited to the 
East Asian nation since its formation im- 
mediately following World War 11. Until 
recently North Korea had not permitted 
open religious activity. While in North 
Korea, Mr. Graham even met with Presi- 
dent Kim n Sung. Their meeting included 
a lengthy private discussion followed by 
lunch at the president's personal residence. 

Nearly 1,400 Vietnamese refugees were 
baptized at the Philippine Refugee Process- 
ing Center in Bataan, Philippines, during 
1991. "Most of those baptized became be- 
lievers as a result of the spiritual ministries 
of World Relief and the Southern Baptists 
in cooperation with Vietnamese believers 
in the camps," says Gordon Spahr, director 
of World Relief's spiritual ministries there. 



In Memory 

Geri Krebs, 69, March 17. Member of The 
Brethren Church of New Lebanon. Memorial 
service by Pastor James F. Black. 
Helen Orr Pasini, March 1 1 . Charter member of 
the Newark Brethren Church. Services by Pastor 
Stephen S. Cole. 

Howard E. Cox, 79, March 8. Longtime mem- 
ber of the Washington, D.C., Brethren Church. 
Services by former pastor Rev. Robert Keplinger. 
Clara J. Moore, 82, March 8. Member of the 
Highland Brethren Church. Services by Rev. 
Arthur Black. 

Hazel Decter, 80, March 7. Member of The 
Brethren Church of New Lebanon. Services by 
Pastor James F. Black. 

William L. Raynor, 7 1 , March 7. Member of the 
Maurertown Brethren Church, where he was also 
a member of the Laymen's group. Services by 
Pastor Richard Craver and Rev. Doc Shank. 
Thomas A. Van Meter, 48, March 7. Member 
of the Ashland Park Street Brethren Church. A 
former member of the Ashland University Board 
of Trustees, Van Meter served as an Ohio State 
senator from 1972-83 and in the State House of 
Representatives from 1984-86. Funeral service 
by Pastor Arden Gilmer, with reflections by 
various friends, including George V. Voinovich, 
governor of the State of Ohio. 
Lory Shipe, 94, February 28. Member since 
1915 of the Mathias Brethren Church. Services 
by Pastor Jerry Fike. 

Faye Schnepp, 89, Febmary 25. Member of the 
North Manchester First Brethren Church. Serv- 
ices by Rev. Richard Craig. 
Charles "Butch" Runkel, 45, February 22. 
Member for 37 years of the Muncie First Breth- 
ren Church, where he served as a trustee. Services 
by Pastor Keith Bennett. 
Beulah Linton, 78, January 31. Member of the 
Lanark First Brethren Church. Services by Pastor 
Tom Schiefer. 



April 1992 



Patty J. Dark, 64, January 26. Member for 60 
years of the Muncie First Brethren Church, where 
she led music for several years. Services by Pas- 
tor Keith Beimett. 

Russell Fulwider, 85, January 1 8. Member since 
1979 of the Wabash First Brethren Church. Serv- 
ices by Pastor Don Siders. 
Mildred M. Dague, 89, December 20. Lifelong 
member of the Highland Brethren Church. Serv- 
ices by Rev. Paul Gray and Rev. Carl Phillips, 
nephew. 

Ernest L. Lorenz, 72, November 23. Member of 
the Mexico First Brethren Church. Services by 
Pastor Richard Voorhees. 

Goldenaires 

Robert and Phyllis Overholser, 50th, April 25. 
Members of the Flora First Brethren Church. 
George and Dorothy AUbaugh, 50th, March 
2 1 . Members of the Flora First Brethren Church. 
Marlin and Garnet Menzie, 50th, March 21. 
Members of the Warsaw First Brethren Church. 
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Green, 50th, March 20. 
Members of the Linwood Brethren Church. 
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Pittenger, 50th. November 
1991. Members of the Linwood Brethren 
Church. 

Weddings 

Tina S. Hose to J. D. Taylor IH, March 28, at 
the St. James Brethren Church; Pastor Brian H. 
Moore officiating. Members of the St. James 
Brethren Church. 

Sandra Ford to Rodney Jamison, Febmary 21, 
in Hagerstown. Groom a member of the St. James 
Brethren Church. 

Membership Growth 

Flora: 3 by baptism 

Wabash: 1 by transfer 

Pleasant View: 3 by baptism, 1 by transfer 

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Can We Make It Happen? 

Can we as a denomination give a total of 
$100,000 for World Relief in one year? 



We've never done it before! But last year we gave $89,715.81. All we 
need is 10,284.19 more. That's less than 80 cents more per member. 

Besides, last year's giving was 11.5% higher than in 1990. Another 
11.5% increase would put us at $100,000 (with $33 to spare!). 

Can we do it? 

Granted, $100,000 seems like a lot of money. But spread out over the 
entire denomination, it figures out to just $7.66 per member. That's less 
than you would pay for one meal at a medium-priced restaurant (or about 
what you'd pay for two meals if you prefer McDonalds). 

Surely we can spare that much to help provide food for the starving, 
homes for the shelterless, clothing for those in rags, wells for those without 
water, medicine for the sick! 



Can we make it happen? 

Can we give $100,000 for 
World Relief in 1992? 

Yes, we can! 

And you can help by giving a special offer- 
ing for World Relief this month through your 
local church, or by sending it directly to: 



The Brethren Church, Inc. 

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The Lost Boys (and Girls) 



THE OLD Mary Martin version of 
Peter Pan became an instant hit 
with my two preschool daughters. 
Now "Peter Pan" is their favorite 
game. They interchangeably assume 
the roles of Peter and Wendy, or they 
rollick around as the "lost boys." 

The same "lost boys" are idyllically 
portrayed in the hit movie Hook, a 
revival of the children's classic. 
These boys may shed an occasional 
tear for the parents they never had, 
but they generally thrive on one ex- 
hilarating adventure after another in 
Never-Never Land. 

The world's street children 

While Peter Pan and his lost-boy 
gang are fiction (but don't tell my 
girls that!), today there's an all-too- 
true version of lost boys (and girls). 
But these children don't have nearly 
as much fun. They are the world's 
street children. 

Most street kids dwell in the ex- 
ploding urban centers of the develop- 
ing world, where poverty, unemploy- 
ment, and violence combine to un- 
dermine family stability. 

The world's street kids may num- 
ber 100 million, according to Doug 
Nichols of Action International Min- 
istries, an evangelical agency with ex- 
tensive ministry to street children. 
"Although some of these children 
are young and cute and can still 
smile, most are older children with 
rotten teeth, scarred faces and shifty 
eyes," Nichols wrote in City Watch. 

"In addition, these older children 
are disease-ridden, tick and lice-in- 
fested, suspicious and fearful. . . . 
[They] try to exist on the streets by 



begging, stealing, prostituting them- 
selves and eating out of garbage 
cans." 
He cited some disturbing figures: 

• Some 4,000 to 5,000 kids were mur- 
dered last year in Brazil by vigilantes 
"cleaning" the streets. 

• Manila has 15,000 child prostitutes 
between the ages of 9 and 12. 

• Mexico City has 240,000 abandoned 
children. 

• Roughly 100,000 children in India 
between the ages of 3 and 15 do 
what can be called "slave work." 
And these are the forsaken 

children who survive. An estimated 
40,000 children under age five die 
daily in developing countries. Nichols 
quoted a Bush administration offi- 
cial who said, "If 40,000 spotted owls 
were dying every day, there would 
be an outrage. But 40,000 children 
are dying, and it's hardly noticed." 

Peter Pan's Captain Hook looks 
like Mother Teresa compared to 
evils the real lost boys and girls con- 
front daily. 

God loves the fatherless 

I am challenged by God's perspec- 
tive on the situation. Reading through 
Deuteronomy lately, I've been im- 
pressed by God's love for the father- 
less (i.e., street kids). He "defends 
the cause of the fatherless" (Deut. 
10:18) and made provisions for their 
food (14:29). God also said, "Do not 
deprive the alien or the fatherless of 
justice . . ." (24:17). 

Other Scriptures say much the 
same thing. And it's hard to imagine 
Jesus, who rebuked the disciples and 
called the litde children to himself. 



not being intensely concerned about 
ministry to the world's disadvan- 
taged and street children. 

Ministry to street kids requires 
some street smarts. One well-mean- 
ing but naive missionary in Latin 
America approached some hardened 
glue-sniffing street kids and snatched 
their glue. In a moment, they were 
crawling on top of him like a pack of 
Chicago Bears covering a fumble. 
He was fortunate to escape. 

But with a litde training and a lot 
of prayer, missionaries and others can 
make headway in improving the phys- 
ical and spiritual condidon of street 
kids. Nichols said street children are, 
in fact, being reached through: (1) 
street evangelism, with teams work- 
ing out of vans, especially at night; 
(2) evangelistic camps; (3) rescue 
and discipleship homes for older 
kids who have accepted Christ; (4) 
temporary homes for younger chil- 
dren; and (5) discipleship and voca- 
tional training centers. 

"Missions must trust the Lord for 
many missionaries to devote long- 
term ministi-y to the neglected child 
of the street, and to work with 
church-planting teams among the 
masses of the poor," Nichols said. 

God changes lives 

God is in the business of changing 
lives, no matter how problematic 
those lives might seem. Bill Perrow 
has been there. He was once a drug 
user and seller, and people pretty 
much gave up on him. But God 
transformed his life through Christ. 
Now he is a missionary to street 
children in Medellin, Colombia. 

Seeing the street kids, he thinks, 
"The Lord changed my life, and I 
believe he can change their lives. I 
see so much potential in the kids, 
and it's going to waste. 

"The Lord put it on my heart to 
provide these kids a controlled en- 
vironment, where they can get into 
the Word, renew their minds and 
change the course of their lives, so 
they won't wind up dead by age 20 
or burned out by the dme they're 15 
or 16." The world's street children 
need more Bill Perrows. 

Peter Pan's lost boys will never 
grow up. But with all of us Chris- 
dans working together, the world's 
street children will — with hope, 
nourishment, and with Jesus Christ 
in their hearts. [f] 

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Features 

The Church as Small Groups by Jim Miller 4 

Some Christians are finding that Christ's p\irposes for the church can 
best be accomplished in small groups. 

The Other Brethren: The EKmkard Brethren 6 

by William G. Willoughby 

Second in a series of articles on the four main groups that share a com- 
mon heritage with The Brethren Church. 

The Mother in Me by Florence Ferrier 8 

Unable to have children of her own, she finds joy and fulfillment in be- 
ing a friend to the children of others. 

Why You Should Attend Public Worship by Kenneth Sullivan 9 

Only as we worship God in fellowship with others is the thirst of our 
soul quenched and our heart satisfied. 

Using the Powers of Our Earthly Citizenship for 10 

Heaven's Sake by Tim Crater 
Details about a Christian Citizenship Campaign being sponsored by 
the National Association of Evangelicals. 

Ministry Pages: The Crusader Program 

Ministry Oppnirtunities for Brethren Young People 12 

The 1992 Crusaders and Interns 13 

Great Expectations for the Siunmer of 1992 14 



Departments 

Developing a Global Vision 2 

by John Maust 

Cartoon 3 



Update 16 

Children's Page 17 

by Jackie Rhoades 

From the Grape Vine 19 



The May-June Woman's Outlook Newsletter is in the center of this issue. 

Answers to Little Crusader page: 

You are to write your own answers this month. Did you do it? If you need 
help, ask your mother or father or your Sunday school teacher. 



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The Church 

as 
Small Groups 



JUST SIX OF US huddled in the 
Wright's living room. Several 
others had planned to attend but 
were deterred by the snowstorm 
that had rolled in earlier. 

We began our time together wor- 
shiping God and becoming aware 
of His presence with us. Jim used 
a book by the Navigators, 201 
Questions for Group Discussion, to 
break the ice and to begin the proc- 
ess of opening our hearts to one 
another. 

Ann then took us through the 
discussion of our week's homework 
in the Survival Kit for New Chris- 
tians, all of us sharing memory 
verses we had worked on during 
the week — a real breakthrough 
for one of the couples there. We did 
some honest seeking about how to 
live out the fruit of the Spirit in 
our lives, and we challenged each 
other to do that. 

The prayer and sharing time 
brought to light the struggle that 
one of the couples is having with 
her mother — the feelings in- 
volved, the frustrations, the guilt. 
Another woman expressed her 
understanding, putting II Corin- 
thians 1 into practice. 

We shared, laughed, cried, loved, 
encouraged, exhorted. We were the 
church, the Body of Christ. 

The purpose of the Body 

Isn't this why the Body of Christ 
exists? When I look at the Book of 
Acts, I see groups of believers 
gathered together in homes, caring 
for each other, sharing concerns 

Rev. Miller is pastor of the Carmel, 
IruL, Brethren Church, He was asked to 
write this article by the Education and 
Leadership Commission of the Breth- 
ren Church, of which he is a member. 



By Jim Miller 

with each other, praying for each 
other, opening God's word with 
each other, ministering to each 
other. I see a love expressed that 
impresses the pre-believers in their 
midst to such an extent that they 
exclaim, "Wow! Look at how they 
love one another!" I see believers 
setting aside their own rights and 
possessions in order to care for 
others. And I see people being won 
for Jesus as they are loved into the 
community of faith. 

Compare that to our churches 
today. We are programmed and or- 
ganized and institutionalized to a 
frenzied pace, and yet one might 
ask how so many doing so much 
could accomplish so little. 

We need each other 

Reuben Welch in his little book. 
We Really Do Need Each Other, 
writes, "There is a fundamental 
difference between the fellowship 
of Christians and Christian fellow- 
ship. Too often we are together as 
Christians doing the things we like 
to do together — volleyball, par- 
ties, teas, leagues, receptions and 
what-not. Or we get together and 
talk about cars and sports and 
babies and clothes and weather 
and Sunday school attendance and 
we come away having talked and 
laughed and enjoyed ourselves; but 
strangely empty and lonely." 

Somewhere in the midst of our 
programs and within the pages of 
Robert's Rules of Order we have 
lost our reason for existence. Hurt- 
ing people sit next to us in our 
pews, and we have no idea of the 
pain they're going through. 

But thank God that His Spirit is 
moving across our nation and the 
world to bring about revival and 
reformation for His Body. And that 



revival is happening as small 
groups of Christians gather to 
commit themselves to being the 
Body of Christ. 

"The Church as Small Groups" 
— it's a strange title, isn't it? 
Many of us know of or are even 
involved in churches that have 
small groups as part of their pro- 
gram. But a renewed understand- 
ing of the Body of Christ is sweep- 
ing the churches of the world, and 
it is this: that what Jesus desires 
to accomplish in His Body — the 
love, care, compassion, account- 
ability, and outreach — only hap- 
pens as people gather together in 
small groups. We're not talking 
about a church that has small 
groups; we're talking about a church 
that is small groups! 

In the recent past the emphasis 
within the Body of Christ has been 
on gathering on Sunday morning 
to worship God and to be instructed 
from His word. But there is a move- 
ment now to understand Sunday 
morning as the outgrowth of the 
need-meeting and caregiving going 
on among small groups of Chris- 
tians meeting during the week in 
their homes. 

We worship in response to what 
Jesus is doing as we involve our- 
selves in the lives of others to love 
and care for them. And we commit 
ourselves to outreach as we invite 
the pre-believer to come and see 
the love of Jesus in action. 

Objectives of small groups 

Basically we are striving toward 
five objectives at the Carmel 
Brethren Church in order to be the 
Body of Christ in small groups. 

1. We are seeking to provide a place 
where people's needs can be met. 

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"A renewed understanding of the Body of Christ is sweeping the churches 
of the world, and it is this: that what Jesus desires to accomplish in His 
Body — the love, care, compassion, accountability, and outreach — only 
happens as people gather together in smxill groups. " 



In his book Dropping Your Guard, 
Charles Swindoll says that the 
church must see itself as a refuge 
for hurting people, a place where 
people can come and find support 
and encouragement as they face 
the struggles of life. 

A study of the "one another" pas- 
sages of the New Testament shows 
the kind of care and challenge that 
should exist in the Body of Christ. 
The problem is that in the tra- 
ditional church, Sunday morning 
simply provides neither the time 
nor the atmosphere to deal with 
the struggles we face. But life in a 
smaller group of people dedicated 
to meeting needs does. 

2. We are attempting to unleash 
believers for ministry. 

If the first reformation gave the 
Bible back to the people, then the 
reformation taking place in our 
time is giving ministry back to 
every child of God. The concept of 
a paid pastor who does all the min- 
istry — of a "holy man" who is the 
one who dispenses grace — is sim- 
ply not biblical. 

Ministry, caring for others in the 
Body of Christ, belongs in the 
hands of each believer. That's the 
very reason we are given gifts by 
the Holy Spirit. What we're teach- 
ing the people in our groups is that 
when a need is expressed, our re- 
sponse should be, "What can / do 
to meet that need?" 

When we ask that question, God 
ignites the gift He has placed in- 
side us and empowers us to min- 
ister with that gift in a super- 
natural way. The result is that 
needs are met by the Spirit of God 
reaching out to others through our 
ministry. 

3. We are striving to bring scrip- 
ture to bear on practical life 
issues. 

No gathering of believers is com- 
plete without opening God's word 

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to hear how Jesus would speak to 
us and bring us to maturity. 

4. We are trying to be involved in 
corporate prayer. 

Look at the great revivgJs brought 
about by God's Spirit in the history 
of the world and you see two things: 

(1) smadl groups of believers who are 

(2) gathering to pray. Do we believe 
that God works in response to the 
prayers of His people? Our small 
groups Eire finding that He does. 

5. We are seeking to provide an 
entry point for non-Christians. 

When I was serving as an intern 
in Tampa, Florida, in 1978, I drove 
the streets asking myself, "Jesus 
says that all men will know we are 
His disciples if we love each other. 
Where in the world do non-believers 
see that love take place?" In the 
small group it's on display. 

We have already seen a non- 
Christian respond to the love of 
Jesus expressed in our group. One 
girl, a pre-believer 
living with her 
boyfriend, who had 
just recently been led 
to the Lord, said after 
her first meeting, "I 
wish this group had 
started a year ago!" 
She saw the love of 
God in action and it 
drew her to Jesus. 

Do these five goals 
sound familiar? They 
should! Read Acts 
2:42-47 and you will 
see that they were 
the activities of the 
early church. 

But that's not the 
only group of Chris- 
tians of which it 
should remind you. In 
1708, another small 
group of believers 
gathered on the 
banks of the Schwar- 



«m; 



zenau River in Germany because 
they desired to more closely reflect 
the love and care they saw in the 
Body of Christ in the New Testa- 
ment. If there is anything that is 
Brethren, it is this desire to love 
and care for the family of God. 

If you had a choice, wouldn't you 
like to be involved in a group of 
people like that, who were commit- 
ted to taking care of you and to 
challenging you? 

At General Conference this year, 
the Leadership and Education Com- 
mission will offer a workshop on 
how to begin small groups in your 
church with the purpose of becom- 
ing the Body of Christ. We strong- 
ly encourage pastors and all others 
interested in seeing this take place 
to attend that workshop. 

May the Spirit of God sweep over 
us as we gather around the apos- 
tles' teaching, around fellowship, 
around the breaking of bread, and 
around prayer, for it is there that 
we become the church. [f] 



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Count that Dai; Lost 

If you sit down at set of sun 

And count the acts that you have done, 

And counting find 
One self-denying deed, one word 
That eased the heart of him who heard; 

One glance most kind, 
That fell like sunshine where it went— 
Then you may count that day well spent. 

But if, through all the livelong day, 
You've cheered no heart, by yea or nay— 

If, through it all 
You've nothing done that you can trace 
That brought the sunshine to one face- 
No act most small 
That helped some soul and nothing cost- 
Then count that day as worse than lost. 
George Eliot, 1819-1880 



The Other Brethren: 



The Dunkard Brethren 



Second in a series of articles by William G. Willoughby on the four main groups that 
share a common heritage with The Brethren Church and which, along with The 
Brethren Church, will particpate in a Brethren World Assembly July 15-18, 1992. 



BOTH my grandfathers were 
elders in the same York County 
Church of the Brethren congrega- 
tion when it spHt," a friend of mine 
from Pennsylvania remarked. "One 
stayed with the Church of the 
Brethren, the other went with the 
Dunkard Brethren." 

"When did that occur?" I asked. 

"In 1926. I was just a sinall child, 
but I remember it well. It caused a 
division in our family. Some relatives 
would not speak to other relatives. 
That was vciy painful to me." 

As we discussed this matter, we 
discovered that I was a distant rel- 
ative of one, and perhaps of both 
giandfathers! 

Recently, while attending a con- 
ference at Bridgewater College, I 
met one of the plaincoated elders 
from a Dimkard Brethren congre- 
gation in Penn.sylvania. As we con- 
versed, I soon discovered that we 
were distant cousins. 

A common spiritual heritage 

Such experiences emphasize the 
familial relationships connecting all 
the five major groups of Brethren. 
Even when there is no genealogical 
relationship, there is a common 
spiritual heritage that binds us 
together. 

All five groups share the heritage 
of Alexander Mack and the eight 
valiant men and woinen baptized at 
Schwarzenau in 1708. All of us were 
together until 1881. Our common 

Dr. Willoughby is a Church of the 
Brethren educator, theologian, and his- 
torian who lives in La Verne, Calif. 

The articles in this series were writ- 
ten for Messenger, the Church of the 
Brethren magazine, and were shared 
with the Evangelist editor by the edi- 
tor of that publication. 

6 



loyalty to the New Testament teach- 
ings and ordinances bind us together 
as brothers and sisters in Christ. 

All of us share common memories 
and history: Christian Liebe spend- 
ing two years as a prisoner and gal- 
ley slave; Peter Becker leading the 
first love feast in the New World at 
Germantown on Christmas day; the 
Sower Bible; the westward migi-ation; 
the agony of the Civil War; the mar- 
tyrdom of John Kline; the theology 
of Peter Nead; the unhappy 
divisions of 1881-83. 

During the early twenties of this 
centuiy, however, some of the more 
conservative inembei's of the Church 
of the Brethren became increa.singly 
concerned over the "lowering of 
standards" in the church: women 
were now wearing hats; men were 
wearing neckties; the "plain garb" 
was no longer required as a mark of 
discipleship. 

Some churches had installed or- 
gans and pianos in their meeting 
houses. An increasing niunber of 
pastors were receiving salaries. Even 
divorce in some cases was not con- 
sidered a reason for disfellowship. 
Such "worldly" changes caused some 
members great sadness and concern, 
especially when those changes were 
sanctioned by Annual Meeting. 

One of the most threatening trends 
for the consei-vative Brethren was 
the glowing attraction and power of 
the colleges. Tlie conservatives did 
not oppose "practical learning," such 
as tentmaking, carpenti-y, or brick- 
laying, but they did oppose worldly 
"philosophy and vain deceit." 

Declaration of independence 

After many queries to Annual 
Meeting concerning the wayward 
direction the chinch was taking, a 
group of conseiA'ative Brethren met at 



Plevna, Indiana, in 1926 and made 
this statement: ". . . as a part of the j 
loyal and faithful of the present j 
Chinch of the Brethren we see no i 
other remedy for relief than to obey 
the gospel, and to declare ourselves 
independent, and to reorganize, and I 
to reestablish the tnie faith of the 
gospel amongst us." They called 
themselves "Dunkard Brethren." 

To attend one of their services 
today is to experience a pattern of 
worship little changed from 1926. In 
all their churches the services are es- , 
sentially the saine. J 

A Sunday morning service 

Recently I attended a Sunday 
morning service in a very small, 
rinal church about 90 miles east of I 
Los Angeles. Tlieir "meeting house" I 
preseiTed a pattern common in our 
own past: no steeple, educational 
plant, or gymnasium; no landscaping 
with "unproductive" shrubs. In the 
small sanctuary that could seat about 
sixty, there were no stained glass 
windows, no flowers, no organ or 
piano. The very simplicity of the lit- 
tle church bespoke a simple faith. 

Sunday school began at ten o'clock 
with opening devotions. In this con- 
gregation just one class was held, in 
the sanctuary, for all age groups. 
The teacher gave an able and infor- 
mal verse-by-verse exposition of II 
John. Larger congregations may 
have several classes for children. The 
Sunday school hour was closed with 
the singing of a hymn from the 
shape-note Brethren hymnal publish- 
ed in 1901. The hymn, "I'll Coimt 
My Blessings," was sung imaccom- 
panied, boldly, and fervently. 

As the hymn was ending, the min- 
ister went forward to stand behind 
the pulpit. There he read Psalm 139 
with great expression. Following the 

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reading, he preached for 20 minutes 
on various themes drawn from that 
psahn. The congregation then knelt 
for prayer, which was conchided 
with the Lx>rd's Prayer. After being 
reseated, we sang what I thought was 
the conchiding hymn — No. 1 in the 
old black hymnal, "Thy Gracious 
Power." 

Instead of pronouncing a benedic- 
tion, however, the minister read 
Matthew 18:1-22, after which he 
preached eloquently for 40 more 
minutes on the theme: "Forgive- 
ness." Except for its length, it was a 
sermon that could well have been 
preached in almost any Brethren 
church. Following the sermon we 
again knelt for prayer, and a second 
repetition of the Lord's Prayer. 

The final hymn of the sei^vice was 
"I am Tnisting Thee," after which 
the congregation was dismissed. It 
was a vei-y simple service — no bul- 
letins, no special music, no ushers, 
no invocation, no benediction, and, 
amazingly, no offering. (The offer- 
ing had been taken duiing the Sun- 
day school hour.) Oiu' attention had 
been centered on the Word of God's 
forgiveness and grace, and our 
human response. 

The smallest of the Brethren 

The Dunkaid Brethren is the small- 
est of the five main gioups of Breth- 
ren, with approximately one thou- 
sand members scattered across the 
country in 26 churches and four dis- 
tricts. They meet yearly in June for 
their General Conference, its loca- 
tion rotating by district. 

In 1991 the General Conference 
of the Dunkard Brethren was held at 
Santa Cniz, California. It began on 
Saturday afternoon, June 15. Preach- 
ing services were held morning, after- 



THE BRETHREN HYMNAL 



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noon, and evening for three and a 
half days, with much singing from 
the 1 90 1 hymnal and much praying 
on their knees. All prayers were con- 
cluded with the Lord's Prayer. 

Wednesday was set apart for the 
business session. The delegate body 
consisted of 21 elders, 6 ministers, 
and 16 deacons, all male. Tlieir busi- 
ness consisted of one item of un- 
finished business and one query 
from a congregation. In addition, 
reports from various boards and 
committees were received: the Mis- 
sion Board, the Civilian Service 
Board, the Relief Board, and several 
others. The Decoruin Committee 
was responsible for youth activities 
at the conference. 

The Dunkard Brethren have no 
denominational headquarters, no 
salaried pastors, no salaried execu- 
tives, yet they have been able to 
maintain a close-knit "extended 
family relationship" for 65 years and 
across three thousand miles. 

The church actively supports the 
Torreon Navajo Mission in Cuba, 



of varioiis shapes rather than all round notes. 

New Mexico. It publishes an inspira- 
tional magazine, the Bible Monitor, 
twice a month. Soine churches con- 
tribute to foreign missions through 
other agencies. All are diligent in 
caring for the needy in their own 
congregations. 

Striving after holiness 

In a world where greed reigns and 
consumerism flourishes, the Dunk- 
ard Brethren strive to be "more 
sanctified, more righteous, more 
holy, and more perfect through faith 
and obedience." In a hedonistic cul- 
ture they are disciplined and re- 
strained. In a world of alienation and 
loneliness, they enjoy the warmth 
and support of genuine community. 
In a world of violence, they are a 
people of peace. 

They are the first to admit, how- 
ever, that they are not perfect in 
their discipleship. They continue to 
hear a voice they cannot ignore: 

Be ye therefore perfect . . . 

and be not conformed to this 

world ... [f] 



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German Baptist Brethren \ 


N* The Dunkard Brethen 


\ Old German Baptist Brethren 









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^The MotHer in Me 

UnaSCe to have cfiiCdren of her ozim, she found joy and 
fuCfiCCment in being a friend to the chddren of others. 

^y !f[orence terrier 



I WANTED to be a mother — I 
had known that since I was 
eight or nine years old. My own 
mother urged me to prepare to 
earn a living, which I did. But my 
plans always included being a 
mother. 

When Darwin and I married, we 
both wanted children. It was an in- 
credible disappointment, therefore, 
when we had to face the possibility 
that I was barren. 

A thorough fertility study was 
inconclusive. For a combination of 
reasons, we ruled out adoption. My 
preoccupation with being childless 
became almost an obsession. Know- 
ing women who seemed to resent 
being mothers, I protested bitterly 
to the Lord. But this only made me 
feel more desolate. 

Finally, I was ready for the chal- 
lenging counsel of my pastor. In a 
desperately earnest prayer, I made 
a deliberate commitment to let go 
of my own will. 

A course correction 

Even as I prayed, the familiar 
cycle of my inner monologue was 
replaced by a new thought: / was 
to be a friend to the children of 
others! This thought came with 
such clarity that I never ques- 
tioned its source. Where formerly I 
had been aware only of my own 
deprivation, this simple "course 
correction' now gave me a pur- 
poseful ministry. It made a distinct 
difference. 

I found no shortage of children I 
could befriend — nieces and 
nephews, children of friends and 

Mrs. Ferrier is a free-lance writer 
who lives in Baudette, Minn. 



neighbors, other children whom I 
saw only once. This new pathway 
was easier to walk than I had ex- 
pected it to be. My bitterness dis- 
appeared, along with a grievous 
burden of envy I never acknow- 
ledged until it was gone. The 
mother in me was nourished by 
children of all ages who needed, 
even briefly, a grown-up friend. 

Painful yearnings 

Sometimes the painful yearning 
for "our own children" would seize 
me again. Baptisms wrung tears 
from me, and a fleeting expression 
on my husband's face as he held 
someone else's baby would make it 
hard for me to breathe. But I learned 
not to duck such momoments. I'd 
look them straight in the eye, then 




Th£ author with Jorge, a boy at The 
Happy Farm in Mexico. 



turn back to the ministry I had ac- 
cepted, with all its blessings. 

My mother died on Mother's 
Day. Losing my last parent wasn't 
unexpected, but I found it more 
difficult than I had anticipated. 
Within two years, my mother-in- 
law also died. Having neither par- 
ents nor children, I found the next 
Mother's Day unbelievably bleak. 
Seeing all the corsages in church 
and hearing the pastor's tribute to 
motherhood added to my pain. 

Overwhelmed with sadness, I 
did not think about ministering to 
someone else. Instead I took a back 
way home from church and cried. 

But a project my mother had 
helped me with during the last 
winter of her life comforted me — 
making gifts for children. For years 
to follow I sewed little shirts and 
dresses, knitted mittens, and made 
soft toys. Mittens or a cuddly toy of 
my own making opened doors to 
children I knew no other way to 
reach. And they never seemed to 
forget a gift "made for me." 

A new realization 

Then one day, looking at pictvires 
of a relative's grandchildren, the 
old pain zapped me in a new way: 
I'll never be a grandmother! Some- 
how this obvious fact hadn't reg- 
istered with me before. Again I 
shed secret tears. But soon a new 
baby in our extended family dis- 
placed the left-out feeling, and I 
went about my "underground" 
ministry to children with more 
zest than ever. 

When my husband retired early 
for health reasons, we started 
spending winters in the desert 
southwest. One of the drawbacks 

The Brethren Evangeust 



"I found no shortage of cfiUdren I could Befriend — nieces and mpheius, cfutdren 
of friends and neighbors, other chddren whom I saw ordy once. This new pathway 
was easier to waCk^than I had CTqpected it to be. " 



of the RV camp where we stayed 
was a lack of children. So I wrote 
letters and sent mittens to various 
children, and I identified with the 
distress of fellow campers who 
were far from their grandchildren. 

Prompted by curiosity — or so I 
thought — I visited a home for 
needy children in Sonoita, Mexico. 
It was operating with a small vol- 
unteer staff, an uncertain income, 
and the awesome resource of 
prayer. 

One boy approached me shyly 
and told me his name (Jorge). 
When I touched him, he melted 
against me. Ready or not, I lost my 
heart to a Mexican boy eight years 



old and separated from his mother. 
As we left, he asked, "You come 
back? When?" It was more than I 
expected for a first visit, but I 
loved it! 

Deeper water 

The children at The Happy Farm 
needed almost everything, includ- 
ing personal attention a small staff 
couldn't possibly give to four or 
five dozen children. Any involve- 
ment by others was helpful to the 
dedicated staff. My ministry to 
children was leading me into 
deeper waters. 

Soon I was one of an evolving 
force of "snowbirds" (winter resi- 



dents) who embraced unofficial 
grandchildren, unhindered by the 
international border or differences 
in language and culture. The 
mother and grandmother in me 
bonded quickly to those beautiful, 
touch-hungry children. They were 
so responsive, I couldn't give more 
than I received. 

It was yet another lesson in how 
faithful the Lord's provision for the 
mother in me has been, and how 
generous and full of surprises! 
He keeps drawing me deeper into 
this calling, furnishing me heart- 
children despite my barrenness. 
He keeps turning my sorrow into 
joy. [f] 



Why You Should Attend Public Worship 

First in a series of five articles on worship — by Kenneth Sullivan. 



As the deer pants for streams of water, so my 
soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God 
for the living God. (Ps. 42: 1-2, Nrv). 

You were made to worship. You have a need to 
worship something greater than yourself. Sadly, 
when you exclude the biblical God from the focus 
of your worship, other things slip in to fill the 
void. 

Without God as the proper reference point, 
people prostrate themselves before the new gods 
of the age. They elevate for adoration the things 
of their own making: houses, cars, boats, and 
electronic gadgets. They give to the natural realm 
the awe and reverence due only to its Creator. 

When these things fail to provide them suffi- 
cient significance for life, they often turn inward 
to find meaning within themselves. What they en- 
counter is their own frailty and brokenness. As 
the Psalmist says, the soul without God is "down- 
cast." (Ps. 42:5) 

Rev. Sullivan is pastor of the Milledgeville, III., Breth- 
ren Church. This series of articles was first printed in the 
Milledgeville Church's monthly newsletter, and is being 
reprinted in the EVANELIST at the request of the Worship 
Commission of The Brethren Church. 



The gods of this world have proved themselves 
too small for the problems we face, and they are 
themselves the victims of failure and time. They 
are as corruptible as we. 

Can we not see that as corporate worship has 
diminished in importance, the restlessness and 
emptiness of society has grown? How few have 
come to understand and accept man's intrinsic 
need to worship God! Only as we acknowledge the 
emptiness that cries for worship can the constant 
unrest within us be settled. 

Worship, corporate worship, Sunday morning 
worship is essential for our spiritual well-being. 
For a single moment in the week, God calls us to 
shut ourselves away from our own self-serving 
demands and to focus on that which is supremely 
important, the living, holy, God. Only there, with 
the congregation and in the presence of God, is 
the thirst of our soul quenched and our heart 
satisfied. 

Someone once wrote, "The infinite abyss in each 
of us can only be filled by an infinite and im- 
mutable object, that is to say, only God Himself." 
Every attempt to seek satisfaction separate from 
God is futile. Our answer lies with the Lord of 
Glory and in our worship of Him. [t] 



May 1992 



Using the Powers of Our Earthly Citizenship 
For Heaven's Sake 



Details about a Christian Citizenship Campaign being 
sponsored by the National Association of Evangelicals. 




The Situation 

LOOK AROUND YOU. The 
smoke and noise of battle may 
not be evident, but there's a war 
going on — a cultvire war. In the 
United States, evangelical churches 
are confronting a militant secular- 
ism in "a new civil 'war." America's 
founders wo\ild be astounded to see 
today's widespread rejection of the 
traditional Jewish and Christian 
values upon which they built this 
nation. 

Churches have always had a ma- 
jor stake in government policies, 
but especially so in this era of an 
activist, intrusive state with its 
decidedly secular bent. Recent in- 
cursions into the free exercise of 
religion, by all three branches of 
government, signal ominous threats 
to religious liberty. 

• In a 1990 decision {Employment 
Division v. Smith), the Supreme 
Court all but erased the Free Ex- 
ercise Clause of the First Amend- 
ment as a defense against a gen- 
erally applicable law that inter- 
feres with religious practices. 

• The 101st Congress almost con- 
doned Roman Catholic George- 
town University being forced to 
fund a group whose behavior it 
regards as sinful, namely, a cam- 
pus homosexual advocacy group. 
When at last a vote for an exemp- 
tion for religious institutions in 
the District of Columbia was per- 
mitted, about one-third of the 
members of Congress revealed by 
their votes that they preferred gay 
rights to religious freedom. 

Mr. Crater is special representative 
in the Washington, D.C., Office of 
Public Affairs of the National Associa- 
tion of Evangelicals. He is serving as 
national chairman of the Christian 
Citizenship Campaign. 

10 



By Tim Crater 

• The White House continues to 
permit the use of taxpayer dollars 
to fund anti-religious and obscene 
art through grants disbursed by the 
National Endowment for the Arts. 
One reason for the encroachment 
of anti-Christian secularism is the 
woeful lack of substantial Chris- 
tian pEirticipation in AmericEin pub- 
lic life. Only 50 percent of eligible 
citizens voted in the last presiden- 
tial election. Unfortunately, there 
is no evidence that evangelicals 
were any more informed about the 
issues and involved in the elections 
than the rest of the population. 

On the other hand, secular "re- 
formers" have aggressively sought 
governmental power and have suc- 
cessfully employed the political 
system to advance their views, often 
to the detriment of religious liberty 
and national morality. They have 
used government as the chief tool 
to impose their vision upon what is 
ostensibly "one nation under God." 

The Solution 

Given the menacing reality of 
this culture conflict, the aim of the 
Christian Citizenship Campaign is 
to enlist an all-volunteer army to 
win that war. If that is to happen, 
evangelicals must be recruited by 
their spiritual leaders, and 
equipped to bring their greatest 
resources to bear. 

Our most powerful spiritual 
weapon is prayer! 

"The weapons we fight with are 
not the weapons of the world. On 
the contrary, they have divine 
power to tear down strongholds," 
the Apostle Paul assures us (II 
Cor. 10:4). That is a good thing, be- 
cause "our struggle is not against 
flesh and blood, but against the 
rulers, against the authorities, 
against the powers of this dark 




world and against the spiritual 
forces of evil in the heavenly 
realms" (Eph. 6:12). 

Tragically, many of our churches 
have not targeted their prayers on 
the great issues of religious liber- 
ty, public morality, and national 
revival, nor have they prayed 
specifically for elected officials in 
national, state, and local govern- 
ment. We are paying a terrible 
price for our disobedience to bibli- 
cal teaching. This Campaign is de- 
signed to mobilize the churches to 
pray more effectively than ever 
before for our nation. 

Our most powerful political 
weapon is the vote! 

"We the people" have always 
been the final authority in "the 
great American experiment" which 
became the United States of Amer- 
ica. Now, knowledgeable evangel- 
ical participation in American self- 
government must increase, to pro- 
tect religious freedom in general 
and our churches in particular. We 
must halt the erosion of our First 
Amendment liberties. 

Providentially, we live in a 
society which selects its own lead- 
ership. The reality is that "when 
the righteous are in authority, the 
people rejoice; when the wicked 
rule, the people groan" (Prov. 
29:2). Evangelical leaders must en- 
able their people to engage in the 
most basic and minimal — yet 
privileged and powerful — political 
act of voting. That demands strict- 
ly non-partisan voter registration 
efforts so that our people can sup- 
port candidates committed to godly 
values. The course of the culture 
war could literally turn on the next 
election, particularly through the 
United States Congress and the 
state legislatures. 

(continued following the Outlook pages) 

The Brethren Evangeust 



CAjyuhUcatiofv ^tkc "Qrcihrew ^Wimans Missionary SocCetu 




May-June 1992 



Volume 5, Number 5 



Dear Friends, 

It is with a heavy heart that I write 
this letter to you. This past year has 
been a tremendous struggle for me and 
my family. I feel led to submit this 
letter as my resignation as President 
of the National WMS, effective imme- 
diately. 

I appreciate the confidence you and 
the national WMS groups have shown 
in m.e by my election. I have so enjoyed 
working with each of the ladies on the 
Board and have appreciated all your 
support. 

Continue to pray for God's leading in 
the life of my family, as I will continue 
to pray for the WMS in general and 
the Board in particular. 

In His Service, 



Deanna Benshoff 



THE CHRISTIAN'S SECRET WEAPON 

Devotions presented at the WMS District Conference 
in West Alexandria, Ohio, March 14, 1992, by Muriel Aurand 



It is nearly spring again — that up- 
beat, heady, burgeoning time of year 
when things long dormant stir and 
stretch, and buds apparently dead 
swell into life and beauty. 

This is the time for giddy, wonderful 
songs and feelings — the time for the 
sap to rise — in trees and people! Since 
last August we have been studying the 
book of Ecclesiastes with the listings of 
all the special times God has given us. 

In II Samuel 11:1, we read: 

"In the spring, at the time when 
kings go off to war, David sent Joab 
out with the king's men and the whole 
Israelite army." 

That phrase, "In the spring, at the 
time when kings go off to war," caught 
my attention. I had never thought of 
spring this way before; at a time of 
year when we feel the upsurge of life- 
WAR! 



FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT 

Dear Ladies, 

I am writing to you for the first time. 
I send you greetings in the name of our 
Mighty Saviour. 

Isn't it great to know that we are as 
important as kings and national lead- 
ers in the sight of oior Lord? Our peti- 
tions no matter how small are great in 
His sight. What wondrous love He 
shows to us! 

A few years ago I chose as my verse 
for the year Matthew 6:33: "And He 
will give them to you If you give Him 
first place in your life and live as He 
wants you to." I have clung to this 
promise as I prayed for loved ones and 
friends. As I pray for your societies, I 
covet your prayers. 

I am sure by this time most of you 
have learned that Deanna felt she 
must give her resignation. Until 
August I will be acting as your pres- 
ident. 

The WMS program for General Con- 
ference is complete. As always, you 



have been so gracious in your re- 
sponses, when I asked for your help. 

The speaker for our WMS luncheon 
will be Mary Bomtrager, the author of 
Ellie, Rebecca, and Rachel. She was 
bom and raised in the Amish faith. I 
have been corresponding with her for 
the past two years. I am sure she will 
be a delightful speaker. 

I urge each of you to make a special 
effort to be in Ashland August 3-7. 

We need to set a Christian example 
to a lonely and desperate world, by our 
love for one another and to our loving 
Saviour. He is the only hope for this 
world with its enormous heartaches. 

I ask you to be in prayer for your 
Board as we meet in Ashland May 2. 
We need your prayers, as we attempt 
to serve you throughout the year. 

If I can be of any assistance to you 
in any way, please let me know. 

In Christian love, 

Helen Dickson 



We have a king who is involved in 
war! It is a life and death struggle to 
the finish. The author of Ephesians, 
actually God Himself, in 6:12 writes, 

"For our struggle is not against flesh 
and blood, but against the rulers, 
against the authorities, against the 
powers of this dark world and against 
the forces of evil in the heavenly 
realms ." 

Missionary Women, this is our kind 
of war! It isn't won by the strength of 
our bodies, but by the strength of our 
faith , by the strength of our commit- 
ment to His message of love to the 
world, by the strength of Christ in us. 
by the strength of o\ir prayers in our 
secret closet and in the privacy of our 
homes. We fight in God's might. It is 
true guerrilla warfare, since that 
means "little wars" being fought daily 
and sometimes without much organ- 
ization on our part. It is fought in our 
daily living. We don't have to leave 
loved ones to journey far away, be- 
cause this war surrounds us. The fight 
is not gory, nor glory in this world, al- 
though a faithful warrior is promised 
glory in the next — a crown of glory. 

In Ephesians we are told that God 
has provided the armor and His tech- 
nology. We have: the helmet of salva- 
tion, the breastplate of righteousness, 
the belt of truth, the shield of faith to 
extinguish the evil one's flaming ar- 
rows, the sword of the Spirit, the Word 
of God, and our feet fitted with the 
readiness of the gospel of peace, pre- 
pared and swift to do His bidding. He 
has given each of us special gifts or 
skills for this battle. 

Beside all this, we have a secret 
weapon which always finds its target. 
The weapon is LOVE . This weapon is 
secret not because we hide it, but be- 
cause the world has no comprehension 
of God's love. If we truly love God and 
the people around us, we will fight the 
good fight in His strength to win the 
most cherished trophies of all — ^people's 

(continued on page 2) 



Chantal Logan's mother died un- 
expectedly in France the latter part of 
March. Pray for God's comfort for all of 
her family, especially for Chantal's 
father. 

The Logans are on leave from the 
Missionary Board; Mark is enrolled in 
seminary classes; Chantal teaches at a 
university; and the three children are 
in high school and college. 

Ray and Marilyn Aspinall and Bill 
Winter, three of our missionaries in 
Argentina, suffered from food poison- 
ing this winter. We are thankful they 
are well again. Physical health is al- 
ways a concern. 

The Growth Partner call for the 
1992 year is for the building program 
of the Northview Brethren Life Church 
in Springboro, Ohio. This Home Mission 
church is pastored by Archie Nevins. 
Groundbreaking is scheduled for May 
3. Remember the Missionary Board has 
changed the structure of the Growth 
Partners Club. Only one call will be 
issued during the year, and you may 
send your gift at one time or in 1, 2, 3, 
or 4 installments throughout the year. 
The goal for Springboro is $45,000. 

The May missionaries of the month 
are Juan and Beatriz (Cookie) An- 
zulovich, missionaries from Argentina 
who pioneered the foreign mission 
field in Paraguay. In addition to the 
home congregation in Asuncion, there 
are several outreach ministries. 

The June missionaries are Ray and 
Marilyn Aspinall in Rosario, Argen- 
tina. For many years they have served 
in varied positions, loving, teaching, 
preaching, ministering, and preparing 
nationals to be leaders and pastors. 

Susan Suwa (Diane Kemer's sister) 
lives with her husband and two 
children in Yokohama, Japan. Susan 
was very interested in starting a 
Brethren group, so Jim Black met with 
them last fall on his trip to the Far 
East. 

Susan has started an "English" 
Bible study with 12 ladies attending. 
She is teaching them about Chris- 
tianity and teaching English at the 
same time. She has had to start with 
some very basic books, but the Lord is 
blessing these efforts to spread His 
Gospel! 



Devotions (continued) 

minds, souls, and spirits for God. Best 
of all, we never can be cut off from our 
King. "When we walk dark ways, un- 
mapped, unknown, we move secure; 
our Father keeps His own." He is al- 
ways with us to direct us to where we 
will be most useful and needed, if we 
are ready. When we conquer under His 
leadership, we don't create victims; we 
bring to those already dead or dying 
His life. His hope, smd His salvation. 
We conquer death and evil. 

How do we fight? We fight with the 
encouraging word to a fellow warrior; 
the appreciative word for another's 
talents and strengths, the restraint of 
malice and gossip, the healing balm of 
forgiveness, concern, and tenderness. 
We fight with His word of truth! If we 
have the gift of gab, let's put it to good 
use. We fight with meals for the sor- 
rowing and hungry, with the hand- 
clasp for the despairing, with our 
God-given wealth at His disposal, with 
a pie for the ill when we feel too tired 
to bake it, with time to listen where 
there seems to be no time, with cards 
and visits that say to someone, "You 
are not forgotten." And this may be an 
easier war for women than for men to 
fight because we are often more people- 
oriented. We should fight unencum- 
bered by excess baggage (e.g., prej- 
udice), and take with us the necessities, 
a canteen of "living water" and the 
Bible which is food for the Spirit. 

David didn't go out to battle that 
spring. He stayed behind in safety, 
ease, and security in the city, sending 
others to war. But he wasn't safe, fall- 
ing into sin with Bathsheba, while the 
armies were greatly victorious. He be- 
came a casualty for a time in this 
spiritual warfare. Neither can we 
chance being left behind in this battle, 
lest we also lose spiritually. Christ has 
given us our marching orders — to go 
into the world with His message of 
hope, love, and salvation. When sol- 
diers won't obey the king's orders in a 
war, they are sent to the "brig." If we 
won't obey, we also become prisoners — 
of our own doubts, self-well, hidden 
sins, and hum£in desires. We are on 
"death row" even though we don't 
physically face a firing squad for 
treason. Only our King can free us to 
obey Him. We know the victory is ours, 
but only if we are part of the army. 

We are told that in Iraq, the United 



GENERAL CONFERENCE 
August 3-7, 1992 Ashland, Ohio 



States so interfered with Iraqi tele- 
communications that they didn't dare 
send up their planes because they 
couldn't tell their planes from ours. In 
modern warfare, communication is 
vital, so Paul said, "Pray on all occa- 
sions with all kinds of prayers and re- 
quests." Pray that we will be fearless 
in battle. And listen to the One in 
charge. 

Paul also says: 
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in 
His mighty powers. 

One of our famous old hymns speaks 
of this: 

Be strong! We are not here to play, to 

dream, to drift. 
We have hard work to do and loads 

to lift. 
Shun not the battle, face it! Tis God's 

gift- 
Be strong! Say not the day is evil. 

Who's to blame? 
And fold the hands and acquiesce. 

Oh, shame! 
Stand up, speak out and bravely in 

God's name. 
Be strong! It matters not how deep 

entrenched the wrong. 
How hard the battle goes, the day 

how long. 
Faint not; fight on! Tomorrow comes 

the song. 
Be strong! Be strong!- 

It is spring, when we feel more 
vigorous and active, no longer sliding 
in the slush of this world's life; the 
time when kings go to war! Our King 
is at war! The time for us is now! 



^K liicmoricun 

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death 
of his saints. Psalm 116:15 

Katherine E. Mongan, 100 years old, 
died January 24 at the home of her 
daughter, Elsie Johnson. Mrs. Mongan 
was born June 8, 1891, and was a 
faithful member of the Hagerstown 
Brethren Church and the WMS. 



THE WOMAN'S OUTLOOK 
NEWSLETTER 

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March, May, July, September, and 
November by the Woman's Missionary 
Society of The Brethren Church. 

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li — u — u 

To the WMS Groups: 

Because we are a part of the Nation- 
al Missionary Board family as a Spe- 
cial Ministry, Brethren House receives 
cards of greetings, prayers, and best 
wishes from WMS groups. It's always 
nice to be remembered, and we thank 
you all for your expressions of love, 
concern, and encouragement. Your ef- 
forts do not go unnoticed. 

The Brethren House Team 

Phil and Jean Lersch 

Bonnie Munson 




Ken Madison, one of the chaplains 
from The Brethren Church, is in Korea 
this year. His wife. Donna, wrote: 

Dear Friends, 

Greetings in the name of Jesus! 
Thank you for your letters. The 
churches in different areas have been 
such an encouragement. I have 
received several cards and letters. 

You're right that my kids are all 
elementary age. Sam is 12 and in 6th 
grade; Rachel is 91/^ and in the 4th 
grade; and Jared is 8 and in 2nd 
grade. They are all involved in Scouts, 
and I am an assistant leader for 
Rachel's and Jared's groups. 

I try to keep the kids busy so they 
don't miss their dad so much. I am also 
working part-time at the school where 
Rachel and Jared attend, as a 
teacher's aide. Some day it will slow 
down around our house, and we won't 
know how to act! 

The Lord has been good. He has pro- 
vided support and very little time to 
miss Ken so much. Some nights I wish 
I had him home to help with the kids, 
but I know our ministry is important. 
A lot of the wives have husbands in 
Korea right now, so we encourage each 
other. It helps when so many of us 
have husbands gone because we all 
understand what the other is going 
through. 

I do receive The Brethren Evangelist 
and the WMS newsletter. I enjoy your 
little notes. Give my greetings to the 
ladies because I know how much my 
mom enjoyed the WMS and how im- 
portant missioneiries were. 

The Lord bless you. 
Donna Madison 

May^une 1992 



The WMS Scholarship is available to 
a senior student at Ashland Univer- 
sity. Kim Wagoner Howenstine, from 
the Elkhart and now Smithville 
churches, is the recipient £ind wrote: 

Greetings in the Name of our Lord 
and Saviour, Jesus Christ! 

I would like to begin first by thank- 
ing the WMS group for their willing- 
ness to be used by the Lord. Your 
scholarship gift came at a time of need 
and was greatly appreciated, and I 
thank you for thinking of me. The Lord 
works in wonderful ways, doesn't He? 

The past year has been a busy one, 
but very exciting! On June 8, 1991, I 
was married to John Howenstine. It 
couldn't have been a happier day! John 
has been working at Refrigeration 
Economics in Canton while I have 
been busy finishing my education de- 
gree at Ashland University. This 
semester I am student teaching in 
kindergarten and in second grade. 

John and I have both been active 
with the youth group at Trinity Breth- 
ren Church in North Canton (John's 
home church). We also teach a Junior 
High Sunday school class at the 
Smithville Brethren Church, where we 
attend. 

We are unsure of what the next year 
holds for us, but we trust God's leading 
and are excited to see what He has 
planned for our lives. 

Theinks again to the ladies of WMS. 
God bless you all! 

Serving Him, 
Kim Howenstine 

WORLD RELIEF 

AND 
SEWING UPDATE 

With National Conference rapidly 
approaching, you may be wondering 
about our quilt project for this year. I 
am really excited about it. The queen- 
size quilt will combine embroidered 
flower squares that were sent in years 
past from many of you with solid colors 
for an Amish influence design. 

There will be lots of quilting to do 
during Conference week, so be sure to 
bring your favorite thimble. 

A quilt auction is being planned that 
will include not only the quilt, but also 
a wall hanging designed in the shape 
of a stained-glass window, several tote 
bags, and possibly other crafts. I am 
hoping to use up most of the "old" 
squares this year, so we can start fresh 
next year. 

Hope to see you in August. 

In His Service, 
Joan Merrill 



A GIFT OF TIME 

Lord, it's bedtime already, and 

somehow I haven't done all I set 
out to do today; 
I've forgotten so much. 

1 wanted to chat with my wife about 

the boy's report card; 
We never got around to it. 
Maybe the day started all wrong; I 

don't know. 
We just never seem to have time these 
days. 
But we should. Lord, we should. 
We've got a modem home. Lord, as 

You know; 
The grass takes only a moment to cut 
with the power mower. 
And the kitchen, well, I ask You, 
could we get more devices into it? 
Then, Lord, why is it I am always 

rushing? 
Why is it that we have so little time 
together as a family? 
Could it be. Lord, that in saving so 
much time I have 
Become miserly, so miserly that it no 

longer means anything to me? 
Just had another thought. 
It's not my time. Lord, is it? It 
belongs to You. 
When You set the planets on their 

courses. You set the time. 
The sun to begin each day. 
And the softness of the dusk to say 
that work should cease. 
And the seasons. 
The spring with its new life. 

Autumnal golden colors. 
Lord, help me to make my time Yours 
That I might do the things that need 
doing. 
Like spending time with my 
children. 
And my wife. 
Time to speak a kind word to others. 

Time to show selfless concern. 
And above all. Lord, 
To take Just a few moments of quiet. 

Wherein I might speak with You, 
In timelessness. 

I offer You my time. Lord. Your time. 
A sacrifice I pray You will find ac- 
ceptable. Amen. 

Roger Bush 




WHAT HAPPENS WHEN 




In the previous issue of this newslet- 
ter, I reviewed part of WHAT HAP- 
PENS WHEN WOMEN PRAY by 
Evelyn Christenson. I wrote mostly 
about intercessory prayer groups. If 
your group prayers are only a few who 
pray "paragraphs" not "sentences" by 
several, I encourage you to try this 
plan. 

And here's the rest of the story! 

One of the commitments in the Ohio 
district is participation in a prayer 
group — either a prayer chain or with a 
prayer partner. Many other societies 
and local congregations use the prayer 
chain idea also. Mrs. Christianson 
writes about the prayer power re- 
leased through prayer chains. "The ef- 
fectual, fervent prayer of a righteous 
man availeth much" (James 5:16) is 
the reason for a prayer chain. 

If you have a chain of five "links," 
you have multiplied your prayer by 
five; in our church we have three 
chains: the day, eui evening, and an 
all-night. Each chain is comprised of 
groups with 5—7 people in each group, 
with an approximate total of 72 
people. Increase these by spouse and 
children and you have innumerable 
pray-ers for a requested purpose! 
That's exciting! 

The formation of a prayer chain 
takes organization, but the process is 
easy. The chairman receives the 
prayer request, who calls the first per- 
son with the message. That person im- 
mediately calls the second one on the 
list and then offers her own prayer, 
etc. This is not the time for visiting — 
someone needs God's help, so complete 
the chain. 

A prayer chain will join the himian 
links horizontally, but the more impor- 
tant result is that each link is joined 
vertically to God in Heaven, the source 
of power for the world! 

Many churches and groups en- 
courage prayer partners, two, or 
prayer triplets, three, who meet and 
pray regularly. A closely knit and con- 
fidential bond develops among these 
pray-ers. This is an effective way for 
everyone to be used by God, even by 
telephone for those who can't be 
together. Men as well as women 
should be linked in a prayer ministry. 



HERE'S AN IDEA 

In September, when the JOY Circle 
of Park Street, Ashland, began its 
prayer time, Karen Little distributed 
to each lady 12 index cards fastened 
with a ribbon. These are our prayer 
cards and each month we are to record 
the prayer concerns and/or answers. 
The ribbon keeps them in order, of 
course, but is a convenient hanger for 
a doorknob, keeping the prayer needs 
in mind throughout the month. 

In October each of us told what time 
of day we would most like daily prayer 
support. For instance, at 8:00 we can 
pray for Ginny while all of her family 
rushes out the door; at 10:30 when 
Muriel tutors boys; at 2:59 when 
Karen begins to return phone calls 
after student appointments all day; at 
12:00 when Gloria finally stops sales 
for lunch; at 1 1 :00 for Teri who is try- 
ing to break her addiction to aerobics 
(the programs begin then); at 5:30 
when another Gloria chauffeurs one 
daughter to work and hopes for a sub- 
stitute teaching call (not many of us 
support Gloria at that time, but we 
can pray the night before), and at 2:00 
when Lucille visits the nursing home 
and Kitty meets with a class of inter- 
national students. These cards are like 
a prayer clock. 

Dear Friend, 

The May-June issue 
begins to signal the 
conclusion of the 
WMS year. In keep- 
ing with the theme, 
"A Time for Every- 
thing," the time 
has come for you 
to sharpen your 
pencils £ind to 
report the ac- 
tivities and ac- 
complishments of 
the year. Remember 
to elect your officers, 
check your goals (see 
page 47 in the Devotional Guide), and 
send your evaluation of your society's 
accomplishments with the statistical 
report at the end of June to your dis- 
trict president. 

And when you receive your offerings 
for the ingathering at General Confer- 
ence, remember their purposes. In the 
last issue the project offering for the 
girls' orphanage in India was empha- 
sized. All the money received for the 
project will be sent to Prasanth and 
Nirmala Kumar through the Mission- 




ary Board toward the acquisition of a 
home for the girls. Presently they live 
in one section of the boys' orphanage. 

The Thank Offering serves several 
needy purposes under the broad term. 
Benevolences. This is your opportunity 
to give to the Campus Ministry at Ash- 
land University, the Riverside Chris- 
tian School at Lost Creek, Kentucky, 
the scholarship to a Brethren girl at 
Ashland University, and to world and 
home missions. The public worship 
service offering is designated for the 
Theological Seminary, and World Re- 
lief offerings go directly to the Breth- 
ren Church National Office. 

The gifts which any one of us con- 
tributes through our Thank Offering is 
added to and multiplied by the hun- 
dreds of ladies in the national WMS 
organization. A part of each one of us 
is working around the world and say- 
ing thank you to the Lord for the bless- 
ings He has given to us! It's like one 
prayer being multiplied by hundreds! 

George Washington said, "It is not 
customary with me to keep money to 
look at." And to this I would suggest 
that you not hold large sums of money 
in your treasury for "the rainy day." 
The Brethren Church and its aux- 
iliaries function on a low overhead and 
funds received for specific purposes are 
properly used. The WMS budget was 
reduced this year due to less funds. 
Now we are hoping for new money — 
an increase over last year's gifts. 

May 7 is the National Day of Prayer. 
Our country is the only one in the 
world with this special day. I hope you 
will observe and participate. 

And June is family month with spe- 
cial days marked for children and 
fathers. David Mains frequently says 
that the family of God is the best! 
Therefore, we should model our physi- 
cal family after God's family, because 
we are His children. Spend time with 
your children — listening and par- 
ticipating in their activities — not only 
on them — chauffeuring, cleaning 
clothes, and cooking. Nurture your 
spouse and children, because they are 
individuals. Let the father be the 
spiritual and devotional leader. Follow 
Joseph's example of faith and obedi- 
ence to God's leading: to Bethlehem, to 
Egypt, to the temple, and to the c£ir- 
penter's shop for a livelihood. 

Let your husband help your children 
to increase in wisdom and stature, and 
in favor with God and man. 

Your friend. 




Joan 
Woman's Outlook Newsletter 



"Never has the salt and light of evangelical influ- 
ence been more needed in public life than now." 



(Continued from page 10) 

The Strategy 

1. Using Our Spiritual Weapons — 

Prayer 

A. Prayer re: National Issues 

Chiorches will be encouraged to 
pray about matters of particular 
evangelical concern, such as: 

• Preeminence of religious liberty. 

• Profession of public faith in God. 

• Protection of life as sacred. 

• Provision of justice for all. 

• Preservation of the traditional 
family. 

• Promotion of Judeo-Christian val- 
ues in education and legislation. 

B. Prayer for Political Leaders 

Believers will become obedient to 
Paul's urging that ". . . requests, 
prayers, intercessions and thanks- 
giving be made for everyone — for 
kings and all those in authority 
..." (I Tim. 2:1-4). As they discover 
for whom they are responsible to 
pray, and that they must know some- 
thing about the leaders for whom 
they are praying, effects will be 
seen in: 

• Pastoral prayers. 

• Church prayer meeting requests. 

• Congregational awareness. 

• Special prayer events, e.g., 
prayer breakfasts. 

• Family worship prayers. 

• Personal prayer lists. 

C. Prayer for National Revival 

The oft-quoted "if my people ..." 
prayer (II Chron. 7:14) must be ex- 
ercised by the churches in order to 
have God's blessing on the nation. 
It requires: 

• Godly piety: "humble themselves, 
pray, seek God's face." 

• Godly activity: "turn from their 
wicked ways." 

2. Using Our Political Weapon — 

The Vote 

Our second major weapon in the 
culture war is the vote. NAE's ob- 
jectives in this effort are to reg- 
ister one million new voters, and to 

May 1992 



secure significantly increased 
evangelical participation in the 
electoral process. 

A. Voter Registration 

Surveys repeatedly show that a 
low and falling percentage of the 
American public participates in 
the electoral process. Unfortunate- 
ly, evangelicals are part of this 
trend, and we seek to reverse that. 
Rich Cizik of the Washington Of- 
fice of NAE reported in his book. 
The High Cost of Indifference, a 
1981 Gallup Poll showing 72 per- 
cent of evangelicals were regis- 
tered but only 54 percent said they 
voted in the 1980 elections. That 
means 10—15 million believers were 
not even registered and a much 
higher percentage did not exercise 
their right to rule in America. 

This must change. Never has the 
salt and light of evangelical in- 
fluence been more needed in public 
life than now. Consequently, we 
Eire asking every church to see that 
every member is registered to vote, 
including newly eligible 18-year- 
olds and the elderly. 

There are a vairiety of ways by 
which voter registration can be 
done, and procedures differ from 
state to state. Each church will 
need to contact the local county 
registrar of voters and determine 
the most effective manner of regis- 
tering its members, then get it 
done. In some locales, a church 
member can be trained to do it on 
the church premises, or a deputy 
will actually come to the church. In 
most areas, voters register in per- 
son at county offices. 

B. Voter Education 

The second phase is to educate 
evangelicals, educate them on the 
specifics of our self-government 
such as who their congressmen, 
senators, and local legislators are. 
It also involves informing them on 
the issues of importance to the 
church and religious liberty. We 
intend to use NAE's Washington 
"Insight" newsletter (individual 



and church bulletin editions) to as- 
sist in this effort. {For "Insight" 
subscription information, contact 
NAE, PO Box 28, Wheaton, IL 60189.) 
Those who direct the effort in 
each church can do other things to 
further the education process, and 
these will be spelled out in a 
manual to be made available from 
NAE's Washington office. 

C. Voter Participation 

The third phase is actual par- 
ticipation. We seek to have every 
registered evangelical voter actual- 
ly get to the polls and vote on elec- 
tion days, in primaries as well as 
general elections. Some will need 
rides to the polls, some will need 
absentee ballots, all will need 
reminders and encouragement. 

By whatever means they vote, 
evangelicals must exercise their 
share of rulership in America by 
voting. We must use the powers of 
our earthly citizenship for heaven's 
sake, as Paul did in Acts 22:25-29. 

3. Campaign Organization 

The Citizenship Campaign seeks 
to establish Citizenship Chairs in 
every denomination, organization, 
college, and ministry of NAE. 
Their task in turn will be to secure 
local Citizenship Chairs in every 
church or branch which is a part of 
their ministry. 

Capable, committed leadership 
is the key to the success of our ef- 
fort, and the local church Chair is 
crucial. Ideally, each local chiorch, 
branch, or college would have a 
Citizenship Chair who would es- 
tablish a Citizenship Committee, 
and a Center or office in the church 
from which to carry out the objec- 
tives of this Campaign, all with the 
support and endorsement of the 
pastor, church leadership, or admin- 
istration. The NAE Office of Public 
Affairs (1023 15th St. NW, Suite 500, 
Washington, DC 20005, phone 202- 
789-1011) will supply a manual for 
use by each Citizenship Chair to 
aid in carrying out the effort, [f] 

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The Crusader Program 

Ministry Opportunities 
For Bretliren Young People 



THE CRUSADER PROGRAM 
of The Brethren Church offers 
three avenues of service for the 
young people of our denomina- 
tion. 

District Crusaders 

The District Crusader Pro- 
gram is a short-term ministry 
opportunity in which high school 
students — age 15 (who have 
completed their sophomore year 
in high school) through age 18 — 
serve in local churches in their 
district or at their district camp. 
Two weeks of service are usually 
recommended. 

A team of 4 or 5 members might 
help with vacation Bible school — 
serving as helpers in specific 
classes, participating as song 
leaders, etc. — or work with 
elementary/junior age children at 
camp. An adult district coordina- 
tor is chosen to oversee the group's 
preparation time and training as 
well as the time of service. The 
team may also have some respon- 
sibilities at district conference, if 
the conference is held during the 
group's term of service. 




The Crusader Program provides Brethren young people a firsthand opportunity to test 
their gifts for Christian service. 



Summer Crusaders 

Youth age 13 (and having com- 
pleted their senior year in high 
school before term of service) 
through age 22 are eligible to 
serve in the Summer Crusader 
Program. This program runs for 
approximately 7 to 9 weeks dur- 
ing the summer, starting with a 
week of training (Orientation 
Week) and ending with the Na- 
tional BYIC Convention, which is 
held the first full week in August. 




Orientation Week is a time of intense preparation for the summer of ministry ahead. 



An Intro Weekend is also held, 
during which the Crusaders meet 
their team members and receive 
their summer assignments. The 
teams are selected according to 
the needs of the churches and the 
gifts of the team members. Past 
teams have included drama, 
music performance, music educa- 
tion, ministry, and education. 

Crusader Internsliips 

For those youth ages 20 and up 
who are seriously considering go- 
ing into some form of full-time 
Christian ministry (pastoral, 
youth. Christian education, mis- 
sions). Crusader Internships 
offer an opportunity to experience 
such ministry. Individuals spend 
the summer in local churches or 
other areas of service, where they 
have opportunities to test their 
spiritual gifts. This helps them 
experience first hand what full- 
time Christian service is all 
about. 

These three prograims — District 
Crusaders, Summer Crusaders, 
and Crusader Internships — offer 
Brethren young people a variety 
of opportunities to test their call 
to Christian ministry. [f] 



12 



The Brethren Evangelist 



The Crusader Program 

The 1992 Crusaders and Interns 



Empowered 




L. to r., Stacy, Sarah, Wendy, and Annalee 

The Crusader team EMPOWERED will spend the sum- 
mer working with vacation Bible schools, serve one week 
at a district camp, and work with inner city ministries. 

Serving as team captain will be Stacy Oligee, a third- 
year Crusader from West Alexandria, Ohio. Other veterans 
on the team are third-year Crusader Annalee Hoover from 
North Georgetown, Ohio, and second-year Crusader Sarah 
Hollewell, from Lanark, 111., First-year Crusader Wendy 
Barr from Sarver, Penn., is the fourth member of the team. 



Crusader Interns 

Seven young adults will serve as Crusader Interns: 

Eric Bargerhuff (Mexico, Ind.) will serve as a pastoral 
intern at the First Brethren Church, West Alexandria, Ohio. 

Sherry Bowling (Oak Hill, W. Va.) will work with the 
Southwest District in Arizona in the areas of campine. 
youth, and vacation Bible schools. 

Becki Fulmer (Ashland University 
Church) will work at the Retreat Center at 
Shipshewana, Ind., as a camp staff intern. 

Jeff Gilmer (Park Street Brethren Church, 
Ashland, Ohio) will serve an internship at the 
Jefferson Brethren Church in Goshen, Ind. 

Rebecca Logan (Bethlehem Church, Harri- 
sonburg Va.) will work with churches in Bo- 
gota and Medellin, Colombia, S. America. 

Tony Price (New Lebanon, Ohio) will 
serve as a Christian education and youth in- 
tern in Milford, Ind. 

Paul Sluss (Roanoke, Ind.) will serve as a 
pastoral intern at the Smithville, Ohio, Breth- 
ren Church. 



Anointed Ones 

The Worship/Youth team ANOINTED ONES will 
lead worship services and work with the youth in 
churches in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West 
Virginia, Ohio, and Indiana. 

Team captain will be Karen Robins, a fourth-year 




Chad (I.), Arlene (front), Karen (mid.), Richard 
(back), and Andrew (r.) 

Crusader from Tucson, Ariz. Serving with her will 
be four first-time Crusaders: Arlene Clem from 
Bunker Hill, Ind. (Loree Church); Andrew Crum of 
Burlington, Ind.; Richard Rader, Mansfield, Ohio 
(Ashland University Church); and Chad Geaslen, 
formerly from the Fremont, Ohio, Brethren Church. 




L. to r., Tony, Becki, Jeff, Eric, Rebecca, Sherry, and Paul. 



May 1992 



13 



The Crusader Program 

GREAT EXPECTATIONS 
For the Summer of 1992 



Sherry Bowling 

WHERE do I start? I am so 
thrilled at the prospects 
for this summer in the South- 
west District — Arizona, to be 
exact. It will be a real blessing 
to take part in a "dream" come 
true for many of the family 
that is there. We are planning 
to remodel the dining hall at 
Arizona Brethren Church 
Camp, along with the much 
prayed for assistance from a 
group from the Ashland Park 
Street Brethren Church. I will 
be in Arizona during the time 
the current dining hall is being 
dismantled, the new parts are 
put in place, and camp is held 
for our youth. What excite- 
ment! 

We are all encouraged to see 
the possibilities for the youth 
for this summer. Camps — 
working with new people for 
the first time, vacation Bible 
schools, Bible studies, and 
some just plain old fun times, 
too. Wouldn't it be a new twist 
to hold the youth Bible studies 
in their own homes? This is 
just one new idea that is a pos- 
sibility. 
I am trusting God for the op- 




portunity to reach out to the 
older youth (or young adults, 
if you prefer), those 20 to 30 
years old, and to get to know 
them better. There is such an 
awesome group of adults there 
also. Is it a possibility that God 
may direct a way for me to 
minister to them in a way not 
possible before? Let's pray that 
there is. There are so many 
paths that can be followed that 
it is difficult to stop here. But 
thanks so much for your con- 
tinued prayer support as God 
directs us. 

Sherry Bowling 
Third-Year Crusader Intern 



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Eric Bargerhuff 





GOD has truly blessed me 
the past four years as a 
Summer Crusader. He has 
placed me on a spiritual jour- 
ney that has been rich in 
growth and fellowship. 

I feel honored once again to 
have the chance to serve 
among the Brethren this sum- 
mer. I'm looking forward to the 
new experiences that lie ahead 
and anticipate each and every 
opportunity that our Lord 
places in my path, giving Him 
the glory each day. 

My prayer is that Christ 
shall be exalted this summer, 
and that He will continue to 
build His church in West 
Alexandria, which He has 
greatly blessed. 

Eric Bargerhuff 

Pastoral Intern 

First Brethren Church 

West Alexandria, Ohio 



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The Brethren Evangeust 



Karen Robins 




I AM greatly looking forward 
to my summer experience. 
As a fourth-year Summer 
Crusader, I'm looking forward 
to working with the many pas- 
tors and youth that I have had 
the privilege of serving with 
before. 

Having already committed 
my life to full-time service, I'm 
anxious to discover what God's 
will is for my life, as He con- 
stantly reveals it. 

Being the captain of the 
Worship/Youth Team has been 
something I've prayed for, and 
I praise God that I'm able to 
utilize the talents He has be- 
stowed. 

As always, I'm excited to see 
how God will use our team not 
only as witnesses to the lost 
but also as encouragers to fel- 
low Christians. 

I have a team with great 
potential, and I know God will 
enable us to work together not 
only to help others but to grow 
closer to Him through our ex- 
periences this summer. 

Please pray for God's bless- 
ing to be on all those in minis- 
try, and I will pray that your 
s\immer, along with mine, will 
be a great growing experience. 

Karen Robins 

Fourth-Year Summer Crusader 

Worship/Youth Team Captain 




Stacy Oligee 

I AM greatly anticipating the 
coming summer. Even 
though I'm a third-year vet- 
eran to the Summer Crusader 
program, in some ways I feel 
like a "rookie" this summer. 
Although I know pretty much 
what I'm getting myself into, 
there's still a tinge of nervous- 
ness about being the "captain" 
of a team. 

I realize being a captain is a 
big responsibility and in one 
way I feel a bit honored to be 
chosen. Yet in another way, I 
feel very inadequate. But you 
know what? I'd have to say 
that one of the most important 
things I have learned through 
the Summer Crusader pro- 
gram is that God can take our 
inadequacies and our weak- 
nesses and change them into 
opportunities in which He can 
display His adequacy and His 
strength. 

I once heard the saying, 
"You'll never be a good leader 
until you can be a good fol- 
lower." I think I've learned this 
lesson through two years of 
being a follower on a team. 
Now God is allowing me an op- 
portunity to take what He's 
taught me and to be a leader. 

I pray that He will empower 
me and give me the abilities 
— that He might show His 
strength in me and that He 
will be glorified in all that is 
done through my teammates 
and me this summer. 

Another reason that I'm ex- 
cited about this summer is all 
of the opportunities we will 
have to be involved in evangel- 
ism. A verse that has really 
been speaking to me lately is 
Acts 1:8, in which Jesus told 
His disciples, "But you ^vill 
receive power when the Holy 
Spirit comes on you and you 




will be my witnesses . . ."As 
Christians, we have already 
received this power — SO 
WHAT ARE WE WAITING 
FOR???? 

I have a burden for us as 
Brethren — that we might get 
out of the pew and show some 
excitement about what we've 
got!! That's the only way to 
evangelize. Through Christ, 
and His Holy Spirit, we have 
the poAver!! Human effort 
alone is inadequate, but with 
God's power we are invincible. 

Someone once said, "The 
kingdom of God is not going to 
advance by our churches be- 
coming filled with men — but 
by the men in our churches be- 
coming filled with God." This is 
my prayer for The Brethren 
Church — and it also involves a 
little of my expectations for the 
coming summer. Who knows, 
maybe a Summer Crusader 
teEim could be a start? 

My prayer is that God will 
find something usable in my 
teammates and me and em- 
power us and use us up to the 
fullest extent for His glory this 
summer. So if we are coming 
to your church, look out!!! 

Stacy Oligee 
Third-Year Summer Crusader 

Captain of the Ministry Team 



May 1992 



15 



UPDATE 



BRETHREN CHURCH NEWS 



More Than Coinciilence 

By David Stone, Pastor, Bloomingdale Brethren Church 



MANY of life's events can be inter- 
preted either as God working in a 
miraculous way or as coincidence. Some 
events, however, leave little room fornatural 
explanations. The church bus of the Bloom- 
ingdale Brethren Church in Valrico, 
Florida, is a case in point. 

When I moved to the Bloomingdale 
Church about three years ago, the con- 
gregation had an old school bus. The 
battery had been removed from the bus 
to keep a riding mower running; the 
paint on the bus had faded to a rusty 
brown; and dirt had accumulated on the 
inside and the outside of the vehicle. It 
had not been used for more than a year 
because efforts to start a bus ministry 
had been unsuccessful. 

So a decision was made to sell the bus. 
But after a number of months of wait- 
ing, of discounting the price, and of 
prayer, the board decided that the bus 
was worth more to the church than 
anyone would pay for it. Though con- 
cerned about what it would cost to get it 
painted and road-worthy, the board 
nevertheless decided it was worth in- 
vestigating. 

The very next day a man named Bobby 
called the church. He explained that he 
had been ordered by the court to do a 



hundred hours of community service, 
and he asked if the church could use 
some help. 

I was not quick to agree, because I 
doubted that the church could use that 



He stated that he owned a body and 
paint shop. He even offered to throw in 
the paint free. 

I agreed, and the church bus received 
a high-quality, red and white paint job 
absolutely free. Bobby even did some 
minor body work on the vehicle. 

The bus still needed lettering to iden- 
tify it with the Bloomingdale Brethren 
Church. Again God provided the 




The Bloomingdale Church bus — an answer to prayer. 

amount of unskilled labor. But Bobby 
then asked if the church had any 
vehicles in need of body work or paint. 



"Brethren Song Celebration" 
Held at North Georgetown 

North Georgetown, Ohio — "The 
Cross and the Resurrection" was the 
theme of a "Brethren Song Celebration" 
held Sunday evening, March 29, at the 
North Georgetown First Brethren 
Chvirch. 

One hundred forty Brethren from the 
Canton Trinity and Louisville First 
Brethren Churches, the Reading Church 
of the Brethren, and the host congrega- 
tion enjoyed a time of praise, worship, 
amd fellowship at the event. 

The celebration included vocal solos, 
duets, trios, and quartets by members 
of the participating churches. The choirs 
of the Louisville and North Georgetown 
churches presented special selections, 
as did a brass trio from the Reading 
church. There was also congregational 
singing, led by North Georgetown pas- 
tor Rev. Fred Brandon, who also served 
as host for the service. 

Following the celebration, refresh- 
ments were served in a coffeehouse at- 

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mosphere by the Food and Fellowship 
Committee of the North Georgetown 
Church. 

This is the second "Brethren Song 
Celebration" held by these churches. 
The first was held at Louisville First 
Brethren, and the third is planned for 
May 30 at the Canton Trinity Church. 
The celebrations, which were started in 
order to promote fellowship among the 
churches, are set for the months that 
have five Sundays and are held on that 
fifth Sunday. 

— reported by Carolyn Brandon 

No other message has ever been trans- 
lated into so many different languages 
nor been printed in so many copies as 
the Bible. 

At least one book of the Bible has been 
published in 1,978 different languages 
and dialects. In addition, translators 
are now doing new translations in more 
than 550 languages. 

Over 500 million copies of at least a 

part of the Bible are distributed every 

year, and the demand is on the increase. 

— American Bible Society 



answer. A Mr. Mike Lumpiesz had 
started attending the church not long 
before the bus was painted. He is a 
professional sign painter. He donated 
his time and the materials to put the 
church name on both sides of the bus. 

God also provided the church with 
two mechanics — Todd Bonnett and 
Herb Parks. They worked with Paul 
Yoder and me to get the inside of the bus 
presentable and the engine running. 
After such a long period of inactivity, 
the bus took surprisingly little work in 
order to get it going. 

Since God's hand was so evident in 
the preparation of the bus, it is not 
surprising that God has blessed the 
ministry of the bus. Sunday school at- 
tendance has increased from the twen- 
ties to the forties, and occasionally 
higher. Some of the children who come 
on the bus would be in worship without 
the bus, but it gives them the oppor- 
tunity to attend Sunday school as well. 
And without the bus, some of the 
children would not be coming at all. 

Our Outreach Ministry chairman. 
Butch Humphrey, recently took some of 
these young people to a Christian con- 
cert, where three of them gave their 
lives to Jesus Christ. They went to the 
concert on the bus! [f] 

The Brethren Evangeust 




Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder 
them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 19:14). 

GOD IS LIGHT 

How can we know what God is like? Did you ever stop to tliink 
about this? We can't see God with our eyes. We can't liear Him 
with our ears. We can't touch Him with our hands. So how can we 
know what He is like? 

Not long ago while I was praying in my room, I felt something inside me telling me 
to look up and to describe what I saw. I remembered that sometimes in the Bible the 
prophets were told to do this, but this was happening to me! So I opened my eyes. But 
there was a problem. It was late at night and very dark, and I had taken off my glasses. 
So I really couldn't see anything! 

Well, that's not quite correct. Over in one corner of my room, near the window, stood 
a small mirror. The curtain over the window was closed, but between the two panels was 
a tiny gap. Through that gap came a thin beam of moonlight, which bounced off the mirror 
and provided a small amount of light in my room — enough light that I could see even 
in that dark room where I sat without my glasses. 

I thought about that for awhile. I even thought about it the next day. What's so 
important about one little moonbeam reflecting off my mirror? Here is what I decided. 

In some ways, God is like the sunshine. We can't look directly at Him, just as we 
can't look directly at the sun. We just can't handle it. But just as we can look at the moon, 
which reflects the sun's light, even so we can look at the things which God has given us 
that reflect His glory and His goodness. 

All of us have our limits, just as the light I saw there in my room was limited. But 
what limited it the most was the curtain. The mirror could have reflected as much light 
as the curtain would let in. If I had opened my curtain completely, the light reflecting from 
my mirror would have almost filled the room. 

That's kind of the way we are. In Acts 1 7:26-27 the Apostle Paul says that God made 
people and decided when and where they should live. Why? In order that "they should 
seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from 
each one of us" (nasb). Paul pictured getting to know God as being like groping around 
in a dark room trying to take hold of something. But we don't have to grope around in 
complete darkness. We have light that comes in to help us. And the more we open our 
curtain — that is, the more we learn about God from what He has given us — the more 
light will shine into our lives, just like the mirror in my room. 

How can we know what God is like? What ways can you think of to "open your 
curtain" wider? Take out a piece of paper and write on it: "/ can get to know God by . . . ." 
Next, list as many ways you can think of to learn about God from the people and things 
around you, such as "from my parents, my Sunday school teacher, and my pastor; from 
reading the Bible; from being kind to people; from talking to people about what they 
believe; from nature . . . ." How many ways can you think of? 

Now, the most important part: DO IT!! 



May 1992 17 



UPDATE 



William Cruz, Jr., Licensed for Ministry 
By the Bloomingdale Brethren Church 



Valrico, Fla. — The Bloomingdale 
Brethren Church held a service of licen- 
sure on Sxmday, March 29, for Mr. Wil- 
liam Cruz, Jr. 

Rev. David Stone, pastor of the 
Bloomingdale Church, officiated at the 
service. 

Mr. Cruz, who has a master's degree 
in marriage and family therapy from 
the Reformed Theological Seminary in 
Jackson, Miss., has a private counseling 
practice based at the Bloomingdale 
Church. He eJso works as a therapist in 
the local school system. 

Cruz was bom in Puerto Rico, where 
his father was a Presbyterian minister. 
In 1975 the family moved to New 
Jersey, where his father pastored a 
Spsinish-speaking congregation within 
an English-speaking church. In 1981 
the family moved to Florida, where his 
father headed a mission ministering to 
migrant workers and others. 

It was after the family's move to 
Florida that Bill met Teresa Showalter, 
a member of the Sarasota First Breth- 
ren Church. As a result of their 
friendship, Bill began attending the 




valued members of the Bloomingdale 
Brethren Church during Bill's time of 
preparation for ordination. The Church/ 
Pastor Relations Ministry of the Florida 
District is overseeing his preparation. 
— reported by Pastor David Stone 



William and Teresa Cruz 

Sarasota Church as well. Then in 1984 
Bill and Teresa were married. 

Following Bill's seminary training in 
Mississippi, Bill and Teresa moved back 
to Florida, where for the past three 
years they have been active members of 
the Bloomingdale Brethren Church. 
They have two children: Jonathan (5) 
and Courtney (3). 

Mr. and Mrs. Cruz will continue to be 



Valley Church Celebrates 
Pastor's Fortieth Birthday 

Jones Mills, Pa. — With a shout of 
"Surprise!" and the singing of "Happy 
Birthday," members of the Valley 
Brethren Church welcomed Pastor Bill 
Yoder to his 40th birthday celebration. 

Pastor Bill was given a little party hat 
to wear and a decorated pulpit chair on 
which to sit, and everyone else was 
given a tissue, in case "tears would spill 
because Bill was 40 and over the hill." 
Then the party, held Saturday evening, 
March 21 in the church fellowship hall, 
got underway. 

Several church members and friends 
shared humorous reminiscences about 
Pastor Bill, and a poem was read in his 
honor. Then followed the game, "How 
Well Do You Know Pastor Bill?" which 
brought plenty of laughs. On display 
was a collection of pictures, "This is Pas- 
tor Bill's Life." 

There were also gifts for Pastor Bill — 
a desk set from the Valley Woman's 
Missionary Society, which sponsored 
the party, as well as gag gifts, personal 
gifts, eind cards ftx)m church members 
and friends. And since no birthday 
party is complete without refreshments, 
a beautiful birthday cake and lots of 

18 



miaichies were served. 

Pastor Bill, who thought the party 
was for someone else, was completely 
surprised by the celebration. He seemed 
to thoroughly enjoy the event. 

— reported by La Verne Keslar 



Church Relations Commission 
Clarifies Limitations on Triads 

After reading the Triad Church Fel- 
lowship surveys, the Church Relations 
Commission has become aware that some 
churches may have a misunderstanding 
about triad groupings. 

Several years ago. General Confer- 
ence Moderator Warren Gamer divided 
Brethren churches into groups of threes 
to encourage greater fellowship among 
our congregations. Some churches have 
apparently thought that they are to fel- 
lowship only with the churches original- 
ly assigned to them. 

The commission realizes that because 
of the geographical locations of some of 
these assignments, a few chxirches have 
found it very difficult to fulfill their 
schedules of fellowship. 

In light of this problem, the commis- 
sion suggests that churches schedule 
fellowships with their nearest Brethren 
congregation(s). If this is not possible, 



Making Wise Investments 

Bill Cnjz is not the first person from 
the Bloomingdale Brethren Church to 
experience a call to pastoral ministry. 
Mr. and Mrs. Todd Bonnett were active 
memt)ers of the church when Todd 
was called to pastor in The Brethren 
Church. The Bonnetts moved to Mans- 
field, Ohio, where Todd pastors the 
Walcrest Brethren Church while at- 
tending Ashland Theological Sem- 
inary. The Bennetts' Florida church 
family continues to support them with 
prayers, finances, and love. 

Since The Brethren Church is a small 
denomination, it must allocate its re- 
sources carefully. Some have ques- 
tion whether the denomination should 
plant any new local churches before 
every one of our established churches 
is supplied with a pastor. 

Pastor David Stone replies, "We 
have found that when we sacrifice for 
God (for example, by encouraging the 
Bonnetts to leave the area in order to 
pursue a seminary education and pas- 
tor another diurch), God can and will 
bless us in return. Our ministry now 
extends to Mansfield, and the needs of 
our local body are still being met When 
we hoard God's resources for ourselves. 
He cuts off the supply until we leam to 
depend solely on Him. Since the Breth- 
ren from around the country have been 
willing to sacrifice in order to plant a 
churdi in Brandon, Fla., God has 
blessed the denomination with these 
two men whom He has called to be 
pastors." 



they encourage congregations to find a 
local chvirch of like faith with which to 
fellowship. These gatherings might in- 
clude such activities as a gospel sing, pig 
roast, pulpit or choir exchange during a 
particular service. The goal would be to 
support one another in prayer and en- 
couragement in the faith. These times 
of fellowship can be very rewarding to 
all churches involved. 

The commission is also anxious to 
receive reports on inter-congregational 
meetings. A form was sent with the 
April 10 issue of Leadership Letter for 
your convenience. 

Thank you so very much for your 
cooperation in this area. 

— Lois Oligeefor the 
Church Relations Commission 

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UPDATE 




Grape 
Vine 



Dean and Janet King were ordained as 
deacon and deaconess on March 8 at the 
Fairless Hills-Levittown Brethren Church. 
The ordination was held during the morning 
worship hour. Rev. Robert Hoffman pre- 
sented the message for the service, and he 
and Pastor C. William Cole conducted the 
ordination. 

A Believers Church Conference on 
"The Rule of Christ" will be held May 20- 
23 at Goshen College, Goshen, Ind. The 
conference will focus on the application of 
Matthew 18:15-20 to matters of church dis- 
cipline and the authority of the church. This 
is the 10th in an ongoing series of confer- 
ences for churches in the Anabaptist tradi- 
tion. Brethren people have participated in 
the conferences over the years. Additional 
details about this year's conference can be 
obtained from Dr. Marlin Jeschke, Goshen 
College, Goshen, IN 46526 (phone 219- 

535-7460). 

***** 

Evangelist Billy Graham called on 
people throughout the United States to pray 
for Los Angeles and its people following 



VOTE^ 

SUNDAY SCHOOL 

"Our country's values de- 
pend upon the molding of 
its people. Attendance . . . 
at a Sunday School that 
teaches such values is vi- 
tal if we are going to halt 
the slide we have started 
into an amoral and value- 
less society." 



Marilyn Quayle 

Wife of U.S. 
Vice President 




the savage violence that 
erupted there April 29. 
"This event is another in- 
dication that our nation is 
in need of a moral and spir- 
itual revival," Dr. Graham 
said. "Ultimately, the prob- 
lems we face are not only 
social or political in nature; 
they are moral and spiritual 
problems which come from 
the selfishness and greed of 
the human heart. . . . there- 
fore, we need to pray for 
moral and spiritul renewal 
in our land — a renewal 
which comes only when 
we turn in faith and repent- 
ance to God," he said. 



Church Planting Planning Retreat 
To be Held October 26-28 

The National Missionary Board has announced that 
it will sponsor a Church Planting Planning Retreat to 
be held October 26-28 at Beulah Beach Camp and 
Retreat Center in Vermilion, Ohio. 

This retreat will be comparable to the Denomina- 
tional Planning Retreat held at Beulah Beach in 1 989, 
but the focus this time will be on church planting. 

All members of district mission boards, pastors, and 
laity concerned about and interested in the process of 
starting new Brethren churches are invited to attend 
the retreat. All costs except transportation will be 
covered by the Missionary Board. Put the dates on 
your calendar and watch for more details in early 
summer. 



Home Church 



Send to: Sharon Williams, P.O Box 33, Roanoke, IN 46783 



Conference Workshop Planned 
On Effective Use of the Keyboard In Worship Services 

A workshop on the effective use of the keyboard in facilitating the flow of the worship service is 
being planned by the Worship Commission for General Conference. The workshop will be led by Dr. 
Ron Spmnger, professor of musk; at Ashland Theological Seminary, who will focus on effective 
hymn-playing and provide an introduction to transposition, modulation, and improvisation. The 
"hands-on" workshop will be hekl Thursday afternoon of General Conference in the Ashland 
University keyboard lab. 

Since the number of people who can participate in the workshop is limited by the number of 
keyboards available, those wishing to attend must register by July 1. 

I would like to attend the keyboard workshop on Thursday afternoon of General Conference. 

Name 

Address 



In Memory 

Leva Krill, 81, April 18. Faithful attender and 
active W.M.S. member at the Bryan First Breth- 
ren Church. Services by Pastor Mark Britton. 
Mary Conway, 89, April 12. Longtime member 
of the Ashland Park Street Brethren Church. 
Services by Rev. Virgil higraham and Pastor 
Arden Gilmer. 

Ruth L. Hill, 63, April 10. Member of the North 
Manchester First Brethren Church. Services by 
Pastor Marlin McCann. 

Homer W. Omdorff, 66, April 6. Member of 
the Mautertown Brethren Church, where he served 
as a trustee and was president of Men of Mission 
at the time of his death. He was also a past 
president of the Southeastern District Laymen's 
Organization. Services by Pastor Richard Craver. 
Mary C. Kiracofe, 90, January 6. Member for 
72 years of the Grads First Brethren Church. 
Services by Pastor Robert W. French. 

Weddings 

Lois Criss Hall to Rev. Milton Robinson, April 
18, at the Oak Hill First Brethren Church; Pastor 



Bill Skeldon officiating. Bride a member of the 

Oak Hill First Brethren Church. 

Marian Devilbiss to Roland Stenton, April 17, 

at the Linwood Brethren Church; Pastor Robert 

Keplinger officiating. Bride a member of the 

Linwood Brethren Church. 

Darci Kruse to Joshua Francque, March 28, at 

the Lanark First Brethren Church; Pastor Tom 

Schiefer officiating. Bride a member of the 

Lanark First Brethren Church. 



Goldenaires 

Roy and Louise Kendall, 5Sth, May 16. Mem- 
bers of the Loree Brethren Church. 



Membership Growth 

Valley: 2 by transfer 

Bryan: 4 by baptism 

Ardmore: 1 by baptism 

Berlin: 4 by baptism, 2 by transfer 

Gratis: 2 by baptism, 3 by transfer 

Pleasant View: 2 by baptism, 1 by transfer 



May 1992 



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Summer 
Crusaders: 
more than 
just hav/ing 
a ball! 



Brethren youth who participate in the Crusader Program have a lot of fun. 
They visit a variety of Brethren churches, maice new friends, attend camp, teach 
Bible school, lead worship, serve on the mission field . . . and even have time for 
some unusual recreational opportunities! 

But the Crusader Program is much more than a summer of fun. The focus of 
the program is to help young people enter a new phase of spiritual growth. And 
Crusaders are challenged to consider the life ministry to which God is calling them. 



The 1992 Summer Crusaders and Crusader 
Interns are featured on pages 12-15. Take a mo- 
ment to get to know them — through reading here 
and when they visit in your area this summer. 

We also invite you to send a financial contribu- 
tion this month. Any size gift — $5, $25, $125, or 
$1,005 — will give a Brethren young person the 
opportunity of a lifetime: to experience Christian 
service first hand. 



for your prayers throughout the 
summer . . . and thank you for your financial sun- 
port this month. Send your gift to: 



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A Call for Christian Involvement 
in the Political Process 

Dale J. Long reviews Winning tlie New Civil War: 
Recapturing America's Values, by Robert P. Dugan, Jr. 



Winning the New Civil War: Recap- 
turing America's Values, by Robert P. 
Dugan, Jr. (Portland, Oregon: Mult- 
nomah, © 1991, 226 pp.; $9.95, paper, 
available from The Carpenter's Shop 
and other Christian bookstores). 

The author: 

Robert P. Dugan, Jr., is director of the 
Office of Public Affairs of the National 
Association of Evangelicals (NAE) in 
Washington, D.C., and editor of NAE 
Washington Insight newsletter. 

A former pastor, Robert Dugan re- 
signed from his suburban Denver church 
in 1975, and in 1976 (the 200th anniver- 
sary year of America's Declaration of 
Independence) ran for the U.S. House of 
Representatives from Colorado's second 
congressional district. Providentially, he 
was unsuccessful in that bid for public 
office, because two years later he was 
called to our nation's capital to head the 
NAE Office of Public Affairs. 

In this position he has become one of 
America's leading strategists and 
spokesmen on moral, legislative, and 
political issues of concern to Christians. 
During Dugan 's early weeks in Wash- 
ington, two Congressmen prophetically 
stated that he "would have more in- 
fluence on the nation through NAE than 
if [he] had won a seat in the House." 

Purpose of the book: 

Dugan states his purpose succinctly at 
the end of the first chapter: "This book 
has one major goal: to show how you 
can take an active, God-honoring role in 
politics." 

I firmly agree with Sen. Bill Arm- 
strong's appraisal of the book. He states 

Rev. Long is Director of Patient Finan- 
cial Aid\Charity Care Program at River- 
side Methodist Hospitals, Columbus, 
Ohio. He is a member of the Social 
Responsibilities Commission of The Breth- 
ren Church, which requested him to write 
this review. 



in the forward that "this book gives 
believers a solid grounding on major is- 
sues, a framework for strategy, and a 
battle plan for honoring God in the 
political process. . . . Bob Dugan is not 
seeking merely to entertain or engage 
your attention. He wants to change your 
life. ... to recruit and motivate you to 
help turn things around for America." 

Structure of the book: 

Dugan begins with a one-chapter pro- 
logue, continues with three body sections 
("Seizing Our Rights," "Strategizing for 
Change," and "Steering the Course"), 
and concludes with a brief epilogue. 

In the prologue, "At Least I Tried," 
Dugan very effectively relates how he 
sought election to political office and 
the valuable lessons he learned. His ex- 
perience challenges the reader. 

The three chapters in "Seizing Our 
Rights" address three questions: "What 
[Do] We 'Know' That Isn't So"? "What 
is Biblical?" and "What is Constitution- 
al?" The chapter on "What We 'Know' 
That Isn't So" explodes seven myths 
about politics, among them: "All pol- 
iticians are crooks," "You can't legislate 
morality," "It is impossible for a Chris- 
tian to serve in politics because politics 
requires compromise," and "Preachers 
should stay out of politics." 

In the chapter "What is Biblical?" 
Dugan sees Christians with two basic 
obligations according to scripture: (1) 
intelligent intercession for politicians, 
and (2) informed involvement in 
p>olitics. (For more from this chapter, 
see "Should Christians Be Politically 
Active?" in the March Evangelist.) 

To the question "What is Constitu- 
tional?" Dugan clearly demonstrates 
that "the Constitution gives to all 
citizens the right to influence their 
government — and nowhere does it deny 
those rights to citizens who hold deep 
religious convictions. Evangelicals have 
all the room they need to be involved in 
politics and government." 



In the section "Strategizing for 
Change," Dugan presents strategies for 
"Changing the Politicians' Thinking" 
(how to effectively influence the way 
politicians vote), and strategies for 
"Changing the Politicians Themselves" 
(how to get involved in the election 
process). 

He concludes this section with a chap- 
ter entitled "A Decade of Changing the 
Political Landscape," in which he details 
effects evangelicals had on the political 
process in the decade of the '80s. Near 
the end of the chapter he writes, "Any- 
one claiming that evangelicals won no 
significant political victories in Wash- 
ington in the '80s is either ignorant or 
bearing false witness. The remarkable 
thing is that these successes came with 
the supf)ort of only a small percentage 
of the evangelical community." 

He then asks these penetrating ques- 
tions: "What if hundreds of thousands of 
other Christians had joined forces with 
the comparative handful then involved? 
What if you, your friends, and your 
church had been involved?" 

The two chapters in the section en- 
titled "Steering the Course" deal with 
two more questions: "Are We 'One Na- 
tion Under God'?" (". . . it is tragically 
evident that we are not 'one nation 
under God.' But we could be."); and 
"Who Will Determine America's Fu- 
ture?" ("To bring spiritual revival to the 
United States will require the commit- 
ment of millions of Christians who take 
the Bible seriously. To bring political 
renewal to that nation will require those 
same people."). 

At the end of the book, the author has 
included a very useful appendix of guide- 
lines for "Political Activity by Clergy- 
men" and another in which he lists "Re- 
sources to Get You Started." 

Challenge: 

As one who has read Dugan 's book, 
met the author, and seen his leadership 
in action at a recent NAE Washington 
Insight Briefing, I echo the words of 
E. Brandt Gustavson of the National 
Religious Broadcasters, who said: "This 
is must reading for all loyal Americans." 

Dugan's insights into the political 
process coupled with his biblically- 
based challenge to exercise our rights 
and responsibilities as Christians 
demand a response from every reader. 
America is in crisis! As Christians we 
must prayerfully engage in cultural war- 
fare to recapture America's values, [f] 

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Features 

A Call for Christian Involvement in the Political Process 2 

Dale J. Long reviews the book Winning the New Civil War: Recaptur- 
ing America's Values, by Robert P. Dugan, Jr. 

The Call of God 4 

The voice of God, which has called men and women into His service 
throughout history, is still speaking today to those who will listen. 

One Who Answered the Call 5 

Frederic Miller gives his personal testimony of why he is in the 
pastoral ministry. 

Another Kind of Call: Playing Second Fiddle 7 

by Mary Ellen Drushal 

A church administrator, working in the shadow of a senior pastor, can 

serve a vital function in the life of a local congregation. 

The Necessity of Worship by Kenneth Sullivan 8 

Our attendance at church services is important not only to our own 
spiritual growth, but to the spiritual experience of others as well. 

Not Just Another Prayer Meeting 9 

Reflections on the National Day of Prayer, by Ronald W. Waters. 

The Other Brethren: The Fellowship of Grace 10 

Brethren Churches by William G. Willoughby 
Third in a series of articles on the four main groups that share a com- 
mon heritage with The Brethren Church. 

Special Section General Conference Preview 

Conference Schedule; Speaker Leith Anderson 12 

Brethren Youth Convention; Registration Information 13 



Departments 
Cartoon 3 

Update 15 

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Children's Page 

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The Call of God 



FOR SOME, it was as if the 
whole earth shook — His voice 
so loud as not to go unnoticed, un- 
heard. For others it was the exact 
opposite — no voice, no wind, no 
earthquake; just a still silence. Yet 
each knew deep in his or her heart 
that God had spoken, and in His 
words was "The Call." 

Infinite variety 

No two calls are ever the same, 
which gives evidence of God's crea- 
tivity and imagination. Yet He is 
unchanging: "very God of very God"; 
the same yesterday, today, tomor- 
row; the God of Abraham, Isaac, 
Jacob; the living God. 

To Abram (Abraham), He said: 

Go forth from your country, 
And from your relatives 
And from your father's house, 
To the land which I will show you 

So Abram went forth as the Lord 
had spoken to him. 

(Gea 12:1,4;amsb) 

For Abraham, there was no 
thought of anything but compli- 
ance with the voice of the God who 
spoke. He never questioned His 
call; he simply obeyed and followed 
God. 

For Moses, the story is different, 
yet still the same. On the desert 
floor beneath Horeb, the mountain 
of God, his eyes were fixed on a 
blazing fire unlike any he had ever 
seen before. It was a raging fire, 
but it did not consume the bush it 
surrounded. As he approached, the 
ever-familiar voice spoke: 

"Moses, Moses!" 

This article is an edited version of 
chapter 1 of a booklet. Understanding 
the Call, being prepared by the Voca- 
tional Ministry Development Task Force 
of the Education and Leadership Com- 
mission of The Brethren Church. 



And Moses replied, "Here I am." 
Then God said, "Do not come near 
here, remove your sandals from 
your feet, for the place on which 
you are standing is holy ground. . . . 
"I am the God of your father, the 
God of Abrahatm, the God of Isaac, 
and the God of Jacob. ... I have 
surely seen the affliction of My 
people .... So I have come to 
deliver them . . ." (Ex. 3:4-8, NASB). 
Moses offered many excuses, even 
arguing with God, but in the end 
he listened. Because of the voice 
and His call, Moses set out on a 
joximey that would bring him into 
confrontation with the power of 
Pharaoh. But he would also wit- 
ness the awesome hand of God as 
the Lord set His people free. 

Both men and women 

The Bible abounds in God's per- 
sonal approaches to both men and 
women. Moses' sister, Miriam, is a 
good example of the latter. The 
scriptures say, "I sent Moses to 
lead you, also Aaron and Miriam" 
(Mic. 6:4, NP/). Elsewhere she is 
called "Miriam the prophetess, 
Aaron's sister ..." (Ex. 15:20, NIV). 

This woman leader wrote a song 
with her brother Moses celebrating 
God's leading of the people of Is- 
rael. In the congregation of Israel, 
she is ranked with Aaron and sub- 
ordinate only to Moses. Micah 6:4 
clearly demonstrates that Miriam 
was called by God, saying that she 
was "sent ... to lead." 

Deborah the prophetess, in Judges 
4, is another striking example of a 
woman leading the Israelites. As a 
prophetess, she was in a strong 
position of authority, because such 
positions are a direct result of God's 
call. 

While she was holding court as a 
judge in Israel, her country was 
threatened by an enemy. At this 
point the word of the Lord came to 



her, giving her direction as to the 
persons who were to defend Israel 
and revealing to her that God 
would deliver the commander of 
the enemy forces into the hand of 
a woman. 

Young Samuel was awakened in 
the night by the word of the Lord. 
God's call was rare and was infre- 
quently heard in his day. Ears had 
become dull from unchecked sin. 
Yet Samuel heard the voice, per- 
sistent and clear. There was no 
mistaking it; it was clear to the 
one who would listen. "Thus Sam- 
uel grew and the LORD was with 
him and let none of his words fail" 
(1 Sam. 3:19, nasb). 

Perhaps the most dramatic call 
of all is that of Isaiah, who even 
knew the exact date of that call. 
He said, "In the year that King Uz- 
ziah died, I saw the Lord seated on 
a throne, high and exalted .... 
Then I heard the voice of the Lord 
saying 'Whom shall I send? And 
who will go for us?' And I said, 
'Here am I. Send me.' He said, 'Go 
and tell this people . . .' " (Is. 6:1, 
8-9; NIV). 

Isaiah's call was a direct call to 
which he made an immediate re- 
sponse. No other call is so vividly 
described in the Bible except that 
of Moses. 

But God approaches people in a 
variety of ways for the purposes he 
desires. We must be careful not to 
impose limitations on anyone, 
regardless of that person's place, 
position, or gender. When a person 
senses a call from God, we must be 
sensitive to that call. 

All are called 

Let us be clear: God calls all peo- 
ple to be witnesses. In the Old Tes- 
tament, the nation of Israel as a 
whole was called to be a witness: "I 
will also make you a light for the 
Gentiles, that you may bring my 

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salvation to the ends of the earth" 
(Is. 49:6, NIV). 

Likewise, throughout the New 
Testament, the call to be witnesses 
is directed to all believers. Peter 
wrote, "But you are a chosen people, 
a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a 
people belonging to God, that you 
may declare the praises of him 
who called you out of darkness into 
his wonderful light. Once you were 
not a people, but now you are the 
people of God; once you had not 
received mercy, but now you have 
received mercy" (1 Pet. 2:9-10, NIV, 
see also Gal. 3:9, 27-29; 6:16). 
Under Jesus, all believers are 
called to serve and not merely to 
be consumers of good. 

In this context, all Eire ministers, 
all are saints, all are disciples, all 
are brethren, and all are to be led 
by the Spirit to speak a good word 
for Jesus. Again Peter wrote, "Al- 
ways be prepared to give an answer 
to everyone who asks you to give 
the reason for the hope that you 



have. But do this with gentleness 
and respect ..." (1 Pet. 3:15-16, 
NIv). Not just trained preachers 
and theologians, but all individ- 
uals Eire to give personal witness 
and testimony. 

Calls to specific service 

But in addition, the Lord Jesus 
Christ Himself calls specific people 
for specific kinds of service. Jesus 
walked by fishermen mending nets 
and simply said, "Follow me." Their 
action was not clouded by uncer- 
tainty; they simply left their nets 
and "followed him." 

It was the same with the tax col- 
lector Matthew and the zealot 
Simon — no cause was greater than 
following Jesus. Their response 
was simple, "No man ever spoke 
like this man." That's because the 
voice was the same as the voice 
that spoke to Moses, to Abraham, 
to Samuel. It was the voice of God, 
and the call was clear. 

Is it different today? Has the 



voice been silenced? Has it become 
less frequent, even rare? Have the 
ears of our generation grown dull 
and insensitive? Perhaps we are 
listening to other voices — voices 
that bring confusion and lack of 
direction; voices that send us in- 
WEird instead of outward; voices that 
call us to self-protection and self- 
preservation. 

If it is to those voices that we 
give ourselves, we shall all be 
fools, for they are the voices of 
destruction. 

Listen carefully. Shut out the 
distractions, ward off the confu- 
sion, and sharpen your ears. God 
is still speaking. His voice is still 
to be heard. It is a voice so distinct 
that whether in a roar or in dead 
silence, there is no mistaking it. 
His call is the same. He wants 
those who will listen to become 
those who will speak. 

Is God speaking to you? Do you 
hear His voice? Do you sense His 
call? [t] 



One Who Answered the Call 

Rev. Frederic Miller gives his personal testimony of 
why he is in the pastoral ministry. 



RECENTLY I was called upon 
to do something I had never 
done before in 10 years of minis- 
try. That morning I received a call 
to go down to the hospital. A lady 
in our church had been suffering 
from cancer for nearly a year, and 
the battle was about to be over. 
During the course of the disease, 
I had gotten to know the family 
well. 

As I walked into the room, the 
woman's mother was standing be- 
side her. I read a word of scriptvire 
and said a prayer. Then the 
mother looked at me and said, 
"Ten years ago, when her father 
passed away, my daughter stood 
beside him and held his hand until 
he died." Then she looked at her 
daughter as if to say, "Now I'm 
going to return the favor for you, 
because I love you as much as you 
loved your father." 
June 1992 



Just after I said the prayer that 
morning, the dying woman's hus- 
band entered the room and walked 
over and took hold of his wife's 
hand. It was going be his last act 
of love, his last word of encourage- 
ment to her. A minute later, for 
the first time in my life, I saw 
someone die. 

Why do I do this? 

Why do I do this? Why do I put 
myself through things like this? 

A few months ago I received a 
phone call one morning from a lady 
in our church who seemed quite 
upset and who wanted to talk to 
me. I was preparing a funeral serv- 
ice for that afternoon for a lady 
whom I had never met. Neverthe- 
less, I told the woman to come on 
over. 

When she arrived, she sat down 
and began telling me about her 




Rev. Miller is pastor of the Mt. Olive 
Brethren Church of Pineville, Va. This 
is an edited transcription of a testi- 
mony he gave during one of the ses- 
sions at the 1991 General Conference. 



"His last words to me were — he could barely get them out 
— 'Fred, tell them about Jesus. Tell them about Jesus.' " 



son, Eric, who's serving in the 
Marines and is stationed in 
Hawaii. Eric had called her that 
morning to tell her about some- 
thing that had just happened in 
his life. 

The son had been talking to a 
friend of his, a lieutenant, his su- 
perior. While they were talking, a 
sergeant came into the room. The 
day before the sergeant had had 
an argument with the lieutenant. 
The sergeant had broken a rule 
and was in trouble. 

As Eric stood there talking to his 
friend, the sergeant walked up be- 
hind the lieutenant, pulled out a 
gun, and shot him in the back. 

Eric dove behind a desk for his 
own protection and another man in 
the room ran outside to get help. 
The sergeant took his gun and shot 
the lieutenant twice more, then 
yelled out, "I'm going to get all of 
you!" 

Eric stood huddled in a comer, 
not knowing what to do. Finally, 
when he heard the sergeant run 
out of the room, he went over and 
took the lieutenant in his arms, 
and there the lieutenant died. A 
short time later, as Eric talked to 
his mom on the phone that morn- 
ing, he said, "Mom, I just noticed; 
I've got blood on my hands!" 

Sitting and listening to that 
mother tell that account was a 
tough morning for me. Why do I do 
such things? 

An unusual phone call 

Several years ago I received a 
phone call. Someone had gotten 
my name out of the phone book. 
The person wanted me to come 
over and cast out a demon. 

Well, I had studied demonology 
in seminary and had even done a 
paper on it. But I'd never been 
called on to cast one out before. So 
I spent some time fasting and 
praying before I took on that chal- 
lenge. 



Later I went over to the home, 
where I recognized the trouble 
and, after a time of ministering, 
was able to take care of the prob- 
lem. 

But why do I put myself through 
things like that? 

At 3:30 one morning I heeird a 
knock at the door. Someone needed 
help. A young girl was going 
through drug withdrawal and her 
friends wanted me to come over 
and pray for her. So I crawled out 
of bed and went to the home, 
where I watched the girl go 
through five convulsions. I begged 
her to go to the hospital, but she 
didn't want her father to know. So 
we prayed, and we got her through 
that evening. Now she's free of 
drugs, married, and attends 
church. 

But why do I put myself through 
things like that? Why am I a min- 
ister? There are two reasons. 

Jesus would do it 

First, I do those things because I 
know Jesus would do those things. 
So often when I visit the hospital, 
people say to me, "Oh, you don't 
need to be here. I know it's a 
bother for you. You have so many 
other things to do." I always 
wonder what I can say to these 
people. So I just respond, "Well, 
Jesus, would do it, and so I'm 
doing it too." 

The second reason I do it is be- 
cause of two men who made a dif- 
ference in my life. The first man 
was my pastor, Rev. Thomas Kid- 
der. If we had a Hall of Fame for 
pastors, I would nominate him 
right away. I think he was the very 
best. 

Rev. Kidder was my pastor for 
22 years. He taught me such 
things as, "Fred, make sure your 
shoes are shined real good." "Al- 
ways carry two hankies, one for 
you and one for someone who 
might be crying." And, "Only kiss 



women who are old enough to be 
your mother or young enough to be 
your daughter. (My wife makes 
sure I keep that one!) 

"Tell them about Jesus." 

My pastor died of cancer four 
years ago. My wife, Pam, and I 
visited him in the hospital two 
months before he died. His last 
words to me were — he could bare- 
ly get them out — "Fred, tell them 
about Jesus. Tell them about 
Jesus." That's the second reason 
why I do it. 

The second man is my father, 
Frederic Gary Miller, Sr. It is said 
that children of alcoholics go on to 
be alcoholics. A book that I have 
read says that this happens in 60 
percent of the cases. The other 40 
percent go into areas of service 
such as the ministry, social ser- 
vice, rest homes, etc., where they 
can minister to people. 

My father was an alcoholic and 
I'm a minister. I'm one of those 40 
percent who are saved from that 
same disease. Not only that, but 
through the Grace of Jesus Christ 
and the ministry of Rev. Tom Kid- 
der, my father was released from 
the power of alcohol, smoking, and 
cursing. 

Twenty-one yeeirs ago my father 
and I, as well as my sister, went 
into the Allegheny River, where we 
were baptized. In the 21 years 
since then, I've not seen my father 
smoke, I've not heard my father 
swear, and only one time have I 
ever seen him take a drink of al- 
cohol. He went on to become a 
deacon in the Brush Valley 
Church, a Sunday school superin- 
tendent, and the greatest father a 
kid could have. 

So why do I do it? Two reasons: 
Because Jesus would do it, and be- 
cause I had leaders who set a good 
example before me — who did it 
themselves £tnd who showed me the 
way. [t] 

The Brethren Evangeust 



Another 



Kind of Call: 

/ Playing 




Second 

Fiddle 



IN THE UNITED STATES of 
America, no one wants to play 
second fiddle to anyone in any- 
thing! Our culture preaches, "Be 
number one" or "Win at all costs." 
But is this the model that Jesus 
presented for church leaders? 

Seminary students who train for 
the pastoral ministry do not expect 
to be associates when they grad- 
uate. Nearly every seminarian, 
even the energetic youth pastor, 
aspires to be the senior pastor of a 
local congregation. 

The church administration pro- 
gram at Ashland Theological Sem- 
inary, however, is designed to pre- 
pare students to pursue a second- 
fiddle role to the senior pastor — 
even as the senior pastor plays 
second fiddle to Christ. 

The senior pastor must design 
worship services, preach sermons, 
visit, and give counsel to those in 
need, in addition to caring for all 
the administrative functions re- 
quired to maintain a congregation. 
Church-growth experts tell us that 
one person cannot adequately min- 
ister to the needs of more than 125 
people. That is why I previously 
wrote in "Brethren Megatrends 
2000"* about the need for churches 

•See the June 1990 issue of The Breth- 
ren Evangelist, pp. 7-9. 

Dr. Drushal is academic dean of Ash- 
land Theological Seminary. 

June 1992 



that exceed 125 active par- 
ticipants to begin searching for 
a second staff person. 
Many churches never grow 
beyond this 125 level because they 
lack the vision, faith, or finances to 
add this second person. And even 
when a second staff person is con- 
sidered, the position is usually that 
of youth pastor. Christian educa- 
tion director, or minister of music. 
But now there is another option. 

Two for the price of one 

How would you like to get "two 
for the price of one plus a dollar"? 
That's the bargain a congregation 
receives when a church adminis- 
trator becomes the second staff 
person. 

Church administrators are trained 
to be equippers of the laity and to 
supervise others in accomplishing 
the work of the church. They un- 
derstand the significance of spir- 
itual gifts; they've taken courses in 
financial management and organ- 
izational behavior; they know how 
to recruit, train, supervise, and 
evaluate volunteers; they've studied 
communication techniques, conflict 
resolution procedures, and biblical 
approaches to leadership; and in 
addition, they've studied the same 
biblical curriculum required of pas- 
tors in training. 

Church administrators can pay 
for themselves in three yeeirs or 
less because they enable the con- 
gregation to do more than it did 
previously. When a church admin- 
istrator is employed, this person's 
leadership abilities and other skills 
enable both the people and the 
programs of the church to grow 
qualitatively and quantitatively. 
The key to unleashing the poten- 
tial of the laity that lies dormant 



By Mary Ellen Drushal 

in many churches is to staff for 
growth by adding a second-fiddle 
person in church administration. 

Playing a supporting role 

In John chapter 21 Jesus asked 
Peter three different times, "Do 
you love me?" Each time Peter 
answered "Yes," to which Jesus 
replied, then "Feed my sheep." 

Clearly, Jesus (the senior pastor) 
gave Peter (the second-fiddler) an 
assignment of significant respon- 
sibility. Peter was under the spir- 
itual authority of Jesus, and Peter 
aligned himself in a supporting 
role. Jesus and Peter needed each 
other to achieve their goals and ex- 
pectations in ministry. 

Only a few years before, Peter 
had chosen to follow Jesus as His 
disciple. During the period of 
training that followed, Peter wit- 
nessed miracles of all types, includ- 
ing the death and resurrection of 
his Lord. Jesus taught the dis- 
ciples to preach, teach, and heal as 
He had done. But then He left them 
behind on earth to carry out His 
eternal goals — to feed His sheep. 

Jesus is the model for leader- 
ship, and Peter was to follow His 
example by sharing His vision, 
recruiting and equipping others for 
ministry, giving people specific 
tasks to do, and then helping them 
be effective in ministry. Peter was 
not known for his preaching and 
teaching, but it was upon him that 
Jesus said he would build his 
church (Matt. 16:18). The point is, 
Jesus was the preacher and teach- 
er, but Peter had other tasks to do. 
He was to fuMll his personal calling. 

There are those "Peters" who 
would like to serve the Lord full- 
time on a church staff but who 
have no desire to preach, teach, 



and heal. Their gifts lie in distinct- 
ly different but complementary 
areas. They would rather work on 
budgets and goals; write job descrip- 
tions; supervise and evaluate peo- 
ple in ministry; and lead meetings. 

These are critical skills for com- 
petent administrative 
functioning of the church. 
Not every senior pastor 
has the time, desire, or 
training to care for these 
important, supportive de- 
tails. 

Therefore, the senior 
pastor needs a church ad 



the need for a proclaimer of the 
Word, the senior pastor. Shared 
leadership has multiple advan- 
tages for those who engage in it. 

Jesus sent the disciples out in 
pairs to do their work. I wonder 
what revolution might be observed 



"The key to unleashing the potential of the 
laity that lies dormant in many churches is 
to staff for growth by adding a second- 
fiddle person in church administration." 



ministrator to play second fiddle. 
As the two become a team, people 
observe their compatibility and 
productivity, and they too want to 
become a part of this viable and 
vibrant ministry. 

Being called by God to serve the 
church is a high and holy calling. 
Whether that service is as an or- 
dained pastoral leader or as a lay 
church administrator, the respon- 
sibility is great and should be un- 
dertaken seriously. 

We need to expand our thinking 
to include church administrators 
when a second staff person is con- 
sidered. They can serve a vital 
function in the life of the local 
church, but they do not supplant 



in any denomination if every church 
of 125 or more people were to en- 
gage the services of pairs of people, 
a senior pastor and a church ad- 
miinistrator! 

Give the church administrator 
the primary responsibility to ac- 
complish specific ministry goals. 
The church administrator is trained 
to empower or enable the laity to 
accomplish the mission of the local 
church. Jesus calls us to be serv- 
ants, whether we play first or 
second fiddle! 

When church administrators ful- 
fill their calling as servants play- 
ing second fiddle, they work be- 
hind the scenes and are almost 
invisible to those they serve. They 



empower people by preparing the 
way for the ministry of the saints. 
The second-fiddler has the op- 
portunity to accomplish ministry 
goals through the work of others. 
This reflects well not only on the 
whole string section of fiddlers (the 
local congregation), but 
on the entire orchestra 
(the denomination) as 
well! 

First- and second- 
fiddlers are dependent 
upon each other to create 
harmonious music. The 
energy released when two 
people invest in God's work 
together is unbelievable. Em- 
powered lay people are energized 
as they serve alongside this team 
in the church in such roles as 
Christain education director, youth 
coordinator, or minister of music. 

How does this happen? It hap- 
pens when the church adminis- 
trator systematically unleashes 
the latent spiritual gifts, skills, 
and abilities of others in the church. 
Remember, selecting a church 
administrator as a second staff 
person in your church is like get- 
ting "two for the price of one plus 
a dollar"! Two ministers working 
side-by-side in the kingdom pro- 
duce sweet music to the Lord. [f] 



: 



The Necessity of Worship 

Second in a series of five articles on worship — by Kenneth Sullivan. 



SOMEONE I know became upset because a 
friend and member of his church made a habit 
of missing worship. When I asked the reason for 
his irritation, he replied, "His absence from wor- 
ship diminishes the quality of my spiritual growth." 
These are strong words. 

The Bible makes no provision for private faith. 
The word "faith" Implies relationships. When God 
asks us to trust Him, to be in right relationship 
with Him, the expected outgrowth is the nurtur- 
ing of concern for people. The Bible challenges 
any claim to faith that excludes interaction with 
others (1 Jn. 4:19-21). 

Rev. Sullivan is pastor of the Milledgeville, III., Breth- 
ren Church. This series of articles was first printed in 
the Milledgeville Church's newsletter and is being 
reprinted in the Evangelist at the request of the Wor- 
ship Commission of The Brethren Church. 



Corporate worship (Sunday morning worship) 
is an essential ingredient for all Christian fellow- 
ship. Worship is not something we receive, but 
something we give. Worship is adoration, devo- 
tion, praise, and obedience to God. It is a unique 
experience which thrusts our faith outward to en- 
circle others. The writer of Hebrews speaks of the 
things of worship when he writes, ". . . draw near 
to God .... spur one another on toward love and 
good deeds. . . . encourage one another . . ." 
(Hebrews 10:19-25, Niv). 

These words close the door on private faith and 
eliminate excuses for missing worship. My friend 
needed his Christian companion to help him draw 
near to God, to spvir him on toward love and good 
deeds, and to provide encoviragement. 

You never know how important you are to the 
person sitting next to you in the pew. God does, and 
He commands you to be there for that person, [f] 



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The Brethren Evangeust 




Not Just Another 
Prayer Meeting 

Reflections on the National Day of Prayer, by Ronald W. Waters. 



I HAD THE UNIQUE PRIVILEGE of 
representing The Brethren Church in 
our nation's capital May 7 for the Na- 
tional Day of Prayer. This was not just 
another prayer meeting! In fact, I was 
told that it was much greater in scope 
and participation than any of the pre- 
vious 40 National Day of Prayer obser- 
vances. 

Since last November, I've been part 
of the Denominational Prayer Leaders 
Network, which includes leaders from 
more than 20 denominations — from 
evangelical to mainline to non-aligned. 
The focus of the network is to pray to- 
gether for a spiritual awakening that leads 
to a new advance of the gosp>el . . . and to 
share ways prayer movements are devel- 
oping in our denominations. We gathered 
in Washington to lend our prayer support 
for the nation and for our churches. 

A solemn assembly 

On the eve of the National Day of 
Prayer, members of our network were 
joined by the National Youth Leaders 
Prayer Forum, the National Prayer Sum- 
mit, and the National Prayer Committee 
for a solemn assembly. This assembly 
was led by Avery Willis of the Southern 
Baptist Convention and focused on con- 
fession, cleansing, sacrifice, and cele- 
bration. The evening renewed us per- 
sonally and prepared us for a day of 
praying for our nation. It also illustrated 
the leadership role the Southern Baptists 
are giving to prayer movements. 

Thursday began with a prayer break- 
fast at the White House hosted by Vice 
President Dan and Marilyn Quayle. 
Though I was not invited, several who 
attended told of the spiritual emphasis 
and a high level of prayer that took 
place at the gathering. 

Official national observance of the Day 
of Prayer was held in a caucus room of 
the Cannon Congressional Office build- 
ing. From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., up- 
wards of 500 persons attended at any 

Rev. Waters is Director of Brethren 
Church Ministries. 

June 1992 



one time. I was unable to estimate how 
many hundreds participated for even 
short jjeriods throughout the day. 

Upon first arriving in the caucus 
room, I was awe-struck at the power rep- 
resented by the room. Yet, I felt chills 
hearing the sound of 500 voices rever- 
berating through the marble hallways of 
the building as we sang "How Great Thou 
Art." And I was reminded of the real, 
awesome Source of all power as we 
sang, "Thou art worthy to receive glory 
and honor and power." 

Prayer for our nation and government 

The first part of the day emphasized 
prayer for our nation and its govern- 
ment. This portion was divided into 15- 
minute segments: a 7-10 minute tes- 
timony by a leader from one area of 
government, including specific prayer 
concerns; then 5-8 minutes of corporate 
prayer led by a member of the National 
Prayer Committee. 

A recurring theme during this portion 
was the utter sense of despair among 
government leaders. Only a few days 
before, the Los Angeles riots had awak- 
ened us all to the tenuous peace and in- 
stability in our land. Add to this the 
stinging criticism of government offi- 
cials in light of the House check-bounc- 
ing scandal, and it became clear that 
many of our leaders are feeling hopeless 
and helpless to solve the problems. 

Congressman Jim Slattery of Kansas 
summed it up well when he said, "Gov- 
ernment cannot solve these problems. 
They will not be solved until we turn 
our hearts to God. When people are 
hopeless, they have little to live for at 
the moment. We must restore hop)e to 
millions of Americans, and that will 
only happen by restoring them to faith 
in Jesus Christ." / was challenged to 
pray for government leaders when I 'm 
tempted to criticize them. 

Many of these leaders spoke of the 
multiplication of prayer groups in all 
branches of the federal government. 
Susan Baker, wife of Secretary of State 
James Baker and mother of seven chil- 



Following are a few of the prayer re- 
quests mentioned during the National 
Day of Prayer observance. Add these to 
your personal prayer list: 

• for everyone in the administration to 
take time to seek God and to hunger 
and thirst for His wisdom; 

• for all candidates for office and their 
families; 

• for the impressionable young people in 
the armed forces, many away from 
home/family/church for the first time; for 
families separated by the service; 

• for associations bietween American and 
Russian military officers, for opportun- 
ities to share the gospel; 

• for healing, reconciliation, grace to for- 
give and to be forgiven throughout our 
country; 

• for wisdom individually and collectively 
for members of Congress. 



dren said, "There is an incredible net- 
work of prayer supp)ort in this city. It is 
there if you want it. . . . It is amazing 
how God has made believers partners 
with Him in all of history." 

Prayer for youth, families, churches 

The afternoon centered on prayers for 
our youth, families, and churches. Dur- 
ing one segment, nearly 200 high school 
youth from Washington State led in wor- 
ship and in prayer for young people and 
youth workers. The incongruity of this 
struck me — these young p>eople could 
pray and worship God in a House cau- 
cus room, but they would not be able to 
do so back home in their local schools. 

A video report on last fall's "See You 
at the Pole" was presented. An esti- 
mated one million junior high and high 
school youth gathered one morning last 
September at seven o'clock around their 
schools' flagpoles to pray for their 
classmates, teachers, and administrators. 
Organizers hope for three to four mil- 
lion in September 1992. 

At the end of the day, I had the 

privilege of kneeling with other church 

leaders at the front of the caucus room. 

Hundreds of others gathered around us, 

(continued on page 1 1) 



The Other Brethren: 



The Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches 



Third in a series of articles by William G. Willoughby on the four main groups that 
share a common heritage with The Brethren Church and which, along with The 
Brethren Church, will particpate in a Brethren World Assembly July 15-18, 1992. 



I FOUND it almost incredible! 
Sixty young people in a con- 
gregation of about 200 people 
gathered for Sunday morning wor- 
ship were listening intently as the 
Grace Brethren pastor preached 
for forty-five minutes. 

Worship considered important 

Among these junior high, senior 
high, and college age youth there 
was very little shuffling or whisper- 
ing. These young people considered 
worship important! They had at- 
tended a Sunday school class for an 
hour preceding the worship sei^vice, 
but few, if any, had slipped away be- 
tween the two services. 

I had entered the sanctuary about 
fifteen minutes early and was sur- 
rounded by contemporary gospel 
music being played over the speaker 
system. The animated conversation 
of the people as they gathered dem- 
onstrated, I felt, a genuine sense of 
joy and authentic community. 

This Grace Brethren congregation 
holds two semces each Sunday morn- 
ing. I attended the second one and 
learned from a young man seated 
next to me that the two services 
were essentially the same — with one 
exception: "The first seiTice, com- 
posed mostly of adults, was," he said, 
"more subdued." 

There was no traditional call to 
worship. In fact, there was no formal 
beginning. The foiu" guitarists, the 

Dr. Willoughby is a Church of the 
Brethren educator, theologian, and his- 
torian who lives in La Verne, Calif. 

The articles in this series were writ- 
ten for Messenger, the Church of the 
Brethren magazine, and were shared 
with the Evangelist editor by the edi- 
tor of that publication. 

10 



person playing the synthesizer, the 
pianist at the grand piano, and the 
organist simply took their places on 
the raised platform and began to 
play — with great gusto. A large 
screen on the front wall displayed 
the words of their hymns by means 
of an overhead projector. The hymn- 
books in the pews were not used at 
this sei"vice. 

Only one hymn familiar to me was 
simg: "Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God 
Almighty." It was very appropriate, 
for the theme of the sermon was the 
holiness of God. The rest of the sing- 
ing was what I would call "contem- 
porary gospel," which the congrega- 
tion sang with gieat enthusiasm. 

No formal order of service was 
included in the very professionally 
printed bulletin, which described 
numerous opportunities for prayer, 
growth, and sei^vice. 

At a particular moment in die serv- 
ice, the unrobed choir — men and 
women from various parts of the 
congregation — went up on the plat- 
form, which had no pulpit, no choir 
benches, only a lectern. The song 
leader directed them in singing 
"Strength of the Lord." As they 
returned to their seats, the congrega- 
tion applauded vigorously. 

A sermon on God's holiness 

Following the offertory, the pastor 
rose and stood before the people on 
the same level as the congregation. 
"Ah," I thought, "perhaps this is a 
cany-over from the Brethren meet- 
ing house days!" I soon dismissed that 
idea from my mind. 

The minister, who was very fluent, 
preached for 45 minutes without 
notes on "Holiness: The Best Way to 
View God's Beauty." He referred at 
times to professional athletic teams 



and other contemporary situations. 
His sermon, an exposition of Psalm 
99, would have been well-received, I 
believe, in almost any Brethren 
Church. 

Following the sermon, the screen 
was electrically lowered, and the con- 
gregation sang "gospel songs and 
hymns" for about ten minutes, with 
loud accompaniment from the "or- 
chestra." An "alter call" concluded 
the service. 

The congregation was undeniably 
an ecclesia of devoted Christians. 
Other Grace Brethren churches may 
not have an orchestra and may be 
less informal, but the spirit of Christ 
and the presence of God are no 
doubt experienced in all of them. 

Fastest-growing Brethren group 

The Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches is the second largest and 
the fastest growing of the five major 
Brethren gioups. It developed out of 
a conflict in The Brethren Church in 
the twenties and thirties over the 
control of Ashland College and Sem- 
inary. The more "fundamental" pas- 
tors and leaders were displeased 
with what they considered "moder- 
nistic" trends in the chinch. 

In 1937 they established their own 
seminary, Grace Seminary, which in 
1939 was moved to Winona Lake, 
Indiana, where it is today — with 
about 160 students. In 1948 Grace 
College was established, which today 
has about 650 students. 

At the 1939 General Conference 
of The Brethren Church, a number 
of delegates from churches who 
refused to support Ashland College 
and Seminary and the denomina- 
tional program were excluded from 
the conference. A large number of 
delegates sympathetic to the conser- 

The Brethren Evangelist 



vative cause thereupon walked out, 
and in 1940 had their own confer- 
ence. Each group claimed that it was 
the legitimate Brethren Church and 
that the other had departed from 
"historic Brethrenisin." 

Today there are about 300 Grace 
Brethren congregations in the U.S., 
with two-thirds of them in six states: 
California, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, 
Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The 
monthly publication of the Grace 
Brethren is the Brethren Missionary 
Herald, published at Winona Lake. 

Tlie annual conference of the Gi'ace 
Brethren is usually held at Winona 
Lake. The chinch has emphasized 
missions, evangelism, and chinch 
growth, and now has more than 
39,000 members in the United 
States, with attendance averaging ap- 
proximately 42,000. The denomina- 
tion has mission work in Argentina, 
Brazil, Central African Republic, 
Chad, England, France, Germany, 
Japan, the Philippines, and Mexico.* 

The church has supported the 
military and military chaplaincy, en- 
coiuaged its young people to sei"ve 
in the armed forces of World War 
II, and celebrated the victoiy of the 
United States against Iraq. About 
thirty Grace Brethren ministers have 
sen'ed as full-time militaiy chaplains. 

Grace Brethren theology 

Theologically, the Grace Brethren 
consider themselves unapologetically 
"evangelical-fundamentalistic." A 
"covenant of faith," which is similar 
in many ways to the old "Brethren's 
Card," is signed yearly by all trustees 
and faculty members of Grace Col- 
lege and Seminai"y. 

*There are approximately 750 Grace 
Brethren mission churches worldwide, 
with 600 in the Central African Republic, 
where membership exceeds 145,000. 




The Grace Brethren Church in Ashland, Ohio, with a membership of 630 and 
an average attendance of about 940 is the eighth largest congregation in the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. It, like approximately 40 other Grace 
Brethren churches, has a Christian school. 



The Grace Brethren firmly believe 
in the verbal inerrancy of the scrip- 
tures, in the imminent second com- 
ing of Christ, in the existence and 
personality of Satan, and in the eter- 
nal secinity of the believer. They are 
also firmly opposed to the ecumeni- 
cal inovement and the "social gospel." 

In all of their churches, the Grace 
Brethren retain some of the tradi- 
tional Brethren practices, such as 
the Love Feast, anointing, and trine 
immersion. It is clear, though, that 
they feel more "at home" with other 
fundamentalist groups than with the 
other Brethren groups. 

In my contacts with Grace Breth- 
ren leaders, however, they were not 
hostile to me as a person. But I 
definitely got the impression that 
they are reluctant to cooperate offi- 
cially with any of the Brethren 
groups. The one exception, I be- 
lieve, has been in the publication of 
The Brethren Encyclopedia. 

Perhaps in the years to come there 
will be other cooperative efforts to 
reclaim what is good in the Brethren 
heritage. A recent statement by Dr. 
James Boyer, professor emeritus at 



Grace Theological Seminary, is en- 
couraging: "... it is always wrong 
when God's people cannot get along 
as brothers." 

A solid hope for the future 

At times I wonder about the 
future of the Brethren groups in 
American society. Will they diminish 
in numbers to fade soon from the 
scene? Will they become so accultur- 
ated by a dominating, secular society 
or an evangelical-fundamentalist cru- 
sade that they will lose their Anabap- 
tist-Pietistic heritage altogether? Will 
they go their separate ways as 
brothers and sisters estranged one 
from another, communicating only 
spasmodically or not at all? 

And then I tliink of the sixty young 
people in the morning worship 
service of a Grace Brethren Church; 
and of the young people in the Old 
Order and Dunkard Brethren 
churches continuing in a tradition of 
non-conformity to the world; and of 
the 2,500 Church of the Brethren 
young people at a National Youth 
Conference; and my hope for the fu- 
ture abounds! [f] 



Not Just Another Prayer Meeting 

(continued from page 9) 
placing their hands on us in a symbolic gesture of support 
for all pastors and church leaders as Dr. C. Peter Wagner 
prayed for the churches of our land. The observance con- 
cluded with songs of praise and worship to the Lord. 

That evening, we joined residents of Washington, D.C., 
for their local observance. About 600 braved wind and rain 
for the one and one-half hour time of prayer in the Senate 
Park, north of the U.S. Capitol. Leaders included represent- 
atives from African-American, Hispanic, Korean-American, 
and white communities. 



During the Denominational Prayer Leaders Network the 
following day, several sp)eakers pointed to signs that we 
may be on the verge of another great spiritual awakening 
— something that has not happened in the United States in 
more than 150 years. Avery Willis reflected on the spirit- 
ual awakening he witnessed in Indonesia in the early 1970s. 
"Over two million people came to the Lord in a very short 
time. But I believe four times that number may have come 
to Christ if the church had been spiritually ready." 

Brethren, it is time for us to join in the great prayer 
movement for God to bring spiritual awakening — first to 
our churches, then to our land as a whole. May we be 
ready for that outjx)uring of his Spirit when it comes! [j] 



JiWE 1992 



11 



General Conference Preview 



1992 General Conference Schedule 

Theme: "Put on the Whole Armor" (Ephesians 6:11) 
August 3-7 at Ashland University, Asliiand, Ohio 



Monday, August 3 

6:30 p.m. — Worship/Celebration, Moderator's 

Address by Moderator Marlin McCann 
8:00 p.m. — Fellowship and refreshments 

Tuesday, August 4 

8:00 a.m. — Worship 
8:30 a.m. — Business Session 
10:30 a.m. — Auxiliary Sessions (WMS, BMOM, 

NABCE) 
12:00 noon — World Relief Soup Luncheon (reservation 

requested) 
1:30 p.m. — Auxiliary Sessions 
3:15 p.m. — Business Session 
5:00 p.m. — Missionary Board Banquet (reservation 

required) 
7:00 p.m. — Worship Hour with Dr. Leith Anderson 

Wednesday, August 5 

7:15 a.m. — Pastors' Wives Fellowship/Continental 
Breakfast (reservation required) 

9:00 a.m. — Worship Hour with Dr. Leith Anderson 
10:15 a.m. — Business Session 



12:00 noon — Women's Luncheon with Mrs. Mary 
Bomtrager speaking (reservation 
required) 
12:00 noon — Men's Picnic (reservation required) 
2:15 p.m. — Fellowship and Recreation 
5:00 p.m. — All-Conference Picnic (reservation required) 
6:30 p.m. — Hymn Sing 

7:00 p.m. — Worship Hour with Dr. Leith Anderson 
9:00 p.m. — Crusader Review 

Thursday, August 6 

8:00 a.m. — Worship 

8:30 a.m. — Business Session 
10:30 a.m. — Auxiliary Sessions 
12:00 noon — Inter-Church Luncheon (by invitation) 

1:30 p.m. — Workshop/Insight Session 1 

3:15 p.m. — Workshop/Insight Session 2 

6:30 p.m. — Communion 

Friday, August 7 
9:00 a.m. — Business Session 
10:30 a.m. — Worship Hour with Moderator-Elect 
Glenn Grumbling sjjeaking 



Dr. Leith Anderson to be Conference Speaker 



Dr. Leith Anderson, pastor of Wooddale Chinch, 
Eden Prairie, Minn., will be the main inspirational 
speaker for General Conference. He will speak Tues- 
day evening and Wednesday inorning and evening on 
"What's Really Behind Life's Battles?" "God's Panoply 
for Our Problems," and "Peipetiial Prayer." 

Anderson is a irian of many interests, which have 



Conference Workshop Planned 
On Effective Use of the Keyboard in Worship 

A workshop on the effective use of the keyboard in facilitating the 
flow of the worship service Is being planned by the Worship Com- 
mission for Conference. It will be led by Dr. Ron Sprunger, professor 
of music at Ashland Theological Seminary, who will focus on effec- 
tive hymn-playing and provide an introduction to transposition, mod- 
ulation, and improvisation. The "hands-on" workshop will be held 
Thursday aftemoon in the Ashland University keyboard lab. Since 
the number of people who can participate is limited by the number 
of keyboards, those wishing to attend must register by July 1. 

I would like to attend the keyboard workshop on Thursday 
afternoon of Conference. 

Name 



Address 



Home Church 



Send to Sharon Williams, P.O. Box 33, Roanoke, IN 46783 



involved him in pastoiing, teaching, writing, speak- 
ing, and leadership. Most important is his ministry 
since 1979 as senior pastor of Wooddale Chinch. In 
addition to its ministry 
to diousands in the Minn- 
eapolis metropolitan 
area, this congregation 
sei-ves as a teaching and 
laboratory church for 
others across the nation. 
Anderson is a grad- 
uate of Moody Bible In- 
stitute, Bradley Univer- 
sity (B.A.), Denver Sem- 
inaiy (M.Div.) and Fuller 
Seminary (D.Min.). He 
has taught courses at 
several seminaries, fre- 
quently speaks at con- 
Dr. Leith Anderson ferences, and has se.-ved 

as consultant and board member to churches, missions, 
and institutions of higher education. He has written 
niunerous articles and is the author of several books, 
including Dying for Change, A Church for the 21st Cen- 
tury, and Mastering Church Management (co-author). 

Leith and Charleen Anderson and their family 
make their home in Edina, Minnesota. 




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The Brethren Evangelist 



General Conference Preview 



1992 National BYIC Convention 

August 3-7 at Ashland University; Theme: Press On! (Phil. 3:14) 



The Youth Convention will return to the Ashland 
University campus again this year, following last year's 
journey to Mt. Vernon Nazarene College. 

Though held on the same campus, the Youth Conven- 
tion will nevertheless be more independent of the adult 
Conference than formerly. The youth will .have their own 
worship services on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 
rather than joining the adults as in past years, and they will 
have their own Missions Banquet Thursday evening. The 
youth will join the adults for the opening celebration and 
worship service, the All-Conference Picnic, and the closing 
worship service; and the adults will have the opportunity 
to join the youth for a concert and the Crusader Review. 

One of the highlights of the BYIC Convention will be 
a "Walk Thru the Bible." This year's stroll through the 
New Testament is a follow-up to the journey through the 
Old Testament last August. 

Other events on the Convention schedule include the 



annual "Coffeehouse," a concert with Brad Smith, MESS- 
O-RAMA 2, a movie on the Quad, an information session, 
seminars, Communion, Super Praise, daily Morning Praise 
and Share & Prayer groups, and the Convention closing. 

A Pre-Convention Planning Handbook was sent out in 
January and Convention registration information was 
mailed to advisors and pastors at the end of May. All youth 
attending the Convention must pre-register. No walk-in 
registrations will be accepted at the Convention. The last 
date to register is July 10, and a discount is available to 
those whose registrations are postmarked before July 1. 

All youth at the Convention must stay on campus (men 
in Clayton, women in Myers). There will be no commuters. 
Attendance at all Convention events is mandatory. 

The youth registration fee includes four nights of hous- 
ing — Monday through Thursday. Therefore, any youth or 
youth sponsors who will arrive on Sunday must register 
with adult housing for Sunday night. 



Conference Registration Information 

It is important that every person planning to attend Con- 
ference complete a registration form (next page) — even if 
you live in Ashland or are not planning to stay on campus! 

General instructions: 

1. Room rates include sheets and towels. Plan to bring 
your own pillow, washcloths, and extra towels if desired. 

2. We must pay for every bed used, but children accom- 
panying their parents may sleep on the floor in their parents' 
room at no charge. No linen will be provided. Bring a pad or 
sleeping bag. Single rooms have floor space for only one 
child, doubles for two, triples for three. Register early to as- 
sure getting your desired accommodations. There are a limited 
number of triple rooms available. 

3. Tickets for breakfast in the university cafeteria are 
usable any day, Tuesday through Friday. Order as many as 
you need for the week. Thursday lunch and dinner are on your 
own in the cafeteria. Individual meal costs are: breakfast — 
$3.20, lunch — $4.25, and dinner — $5.35; children under 12 
are one-half adult price. 

4. Advance reservations for Communion Thursday eve- 
ning are vital for our planning. The Love Feast will be a 
symbolic meal. There is no charge for Communion so that no 
one will be excluded. Our cost, however, is about $5.00 per 
person. A donation with your reservation will be welcome. 

5. We are happy to offer children's prices for banquets 
for children under 12. Children under 5 are free. 

6. In addition to the children's program listed on the 
registration form, babysitting for birth through preschool will 
be cared for in the Kem Hall preschool rooms. Mrs. Tami 
Ickes and staff will care for your babies and toddlers at the 
following times: Monday 6:15-8:15 p.m.; Tuesday and 
Thursday mornings 7:50-noon; Wednesday and Friday morn- 
ings 8:45-noon; Tuesday and Wednesday evenings 6:45- 
8:45; Wednesday afternoon 12:45-2:00; and Thursday 
evening 6:15-9:15. The rooms will be open other times and 



available for parents to share the responsibility of babysitting. 

Other Information 

Housing — Housing will again be in Amstutz and Kem 
Halls (only Amstutz Hall will be open Sunday night). The 
housing desk will be open Sunday evening from 6:00 until 
9:00; Monday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and after the 
evening worship service; Tuesday through Thursday from 
10:00 a.m. until noon, 6:00-7:00 p.m., and after the evening 
worship service; Friday morning from 7:30 to 9:00 and imme- 
diately after worship to 1:00 p.m. The housing desk will be 
located in the Convocation Center lobby. 

Camping — Ashland County Fairgrounds, 2042 Clare- 
mont Ave., Ashland. No advance reservation is required for 
camping. Available are water, electric hook-up, restrooms, 
and showers. The cost is $10.00 per night; pay on arrival. 

Credentials — General Conference delegate credentials 
should be submitted in person at the earliest possible time to 
assure orderly seating. Credentials will be received in the 
Convocation Center lobby Monday 2:00-6:00 p.m. and one- 
half hour following evening worship service; Tuesday through 
Thursday, 8:30-9:00 a.m. and one-half hour prior to evening 
worship; Friday 8:30-9:00 a.m. in Memorial Chapel lobby. 

Non-Delegate Guests — If you are not a delegate, you 
are still invited and very welcome to attend Conference. 
Please complete a reservation form. Non-delegate guests are 
asked to check in at the credential table and pay a nominal fee 
of $5.00. Each guest is then entitled to use of the university 
facilities, a guest name badge, and a Conference packet. 

Offerings — Offerings will be received Monday, Tues- 
day, and Wednesday during the evening worship services. 
Your generous gift helps to cover Conference costs. 

Pastors, you are encouraged to freely copy this informa- 
tion and the registration form as a way to encourage a large 
delegation from your church. Thank you for your assistance 
and cooperation in registering by July 22. See you in August! 

More information about the Conference program will 
be included in the July/August issue of the Evangelist. 



JtTNE 1992 



13 



See instructions on previous page. 



Theme: 

"Put on the Whole Armor" 

Name 



1992 General Conference 

Registration Form 



Monday, August 3, through 
Friday, August 7 



Address 



City/State/Zip . 



Please reserve only one room per form. YOUTH are to 
register through the National BYIC. They should use this form 
only for Sunday night registration if they will arrive in Ashland 
on Sunday and will need housing for that night. NOTE: Reg- 
istration with prepayment by July 22 results in guaranteed 
reservation. 



Housing: Ashland University Rates** 

Dormitory Amstutz* Kem Single 

•Amstutz only dorm available Sunday night 

Floor: Women's restroom f^/len's Double 

Room type: Single Double 

Triple 

Nights staying: S 1^ T W Th 

Key deposits: $10.00/key. At least one key per room needed. 

Other preferences: 



Prepaid by 

July 22 
$14.50 

21.00 



Upon 
arrival 

$17.00 

24.00 



Triple 30.00 35.00 

*no charge for children not sleeping in a bed 



Housing costs calculation 

No. nights x rate/night 

X =$ 

No. keys x $10.00 - 

Total housing enclosed = $ 



CAMPING: Ashland Fairgrounds 

Water and electric hookups, restrooms, and 
showers. $10.00 per night. Pay on arrival. 



Meal and Banquet Reservations: 

Breakfast Tickets — served in University cafeteria; tickets usable any day; order as 

many as you need for the week. Thurs. lunch and dinner on your own in cafeteria. 


Summary Totals 

Total Housing 

Enclosed = $ 


Breakfast Adults x $3.20 -= $ 


Total Meals and Ban- 
Quets Enclosed - $ 


Breakfast Children under 12 x $1.60- 


Banquets 

Tues. 12:00 noon — Worid Relief Soup Luncheon (offering will be taken) 
Tues. eve. — Missionary Board Banquet Adults x $8.25 - 


Total Children's Pro- 
aram Enclosed - $ 




Children under 12 x $5.00- 


Total Enclosed - $ 




Children under 5 free -0- 




Wed. 7:15 a.m. Pastors' Wives Continental Break- x $2.00 - 


Make checks payable to 


fast/Fellowship 
Wed. noon — Women's Luncheon Adults x $6.50 - 


General Conference Housing 

Send to: 


Children under 12 x $4.00- 


General Conference Housing 


Children under 5 free -0- 


524 College Avenue 


Wed. noon — Men's Picnic Adults x $5.00 - 


Ashland, OH 44805 


Children under 12 x $3.00- 


FOR OFFICE USE ONLY: 

Rea. # 
Date rec. 
Amount rec. 
Check # 


Wed. eve — All-Conference Picnic Adults x $6.50 - 


Children under 12 x $2.50- 


Thurs. eve. — Communion Number attendina Donation - 


Total Meals and Banquets Enclosed - $ 


NOTE: Reservations for above events are a must due to eariy deadlines. Tickets 
ordered after July 22 subject to availability. No meal refunds after August 1 . 



CHILDREN'S PROGRAM (ages 4 years through completed 6th grade): 

Tues., 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Wed., 8:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.; Thurs., 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Fri., 8:45 a.m. to noon. 

Lunch provided Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. 
Family Rates Week Day A minimum enrollment of 20 is needed to provide this service. 

1 child $44.00 $14.00 No refunds for children's program can be given after July 22 unless 

2 or more children 66.00 22.00 minimum enrollment is not met. 



Child's Name 



Age/Grade 



Days (circle) 




T W Th F 


$ 


T W Th F 


$ 


T W Th F 


$ 


dren's Program 


$ 



Please attach a note regarding any allergies (especially FOOD) or medical conditions. 



Mail this form as soon as possible with payment in full (but no later than July 22). 

Send to: General Conference Housing, 524 College Ave., Ashland, OH 44805 



UPDATE 



BRETHREN CHURCH NEWS 



Corinth Brethren Church Dedicates 
New Education Wing on Friend Day 



Twelve Mile, Ind. — Dedication of a 
new education wing was an added fea- 
ture of Friend Day IV, observed Sun- 
day, April 26, at the Corinth Brethren 
Church. 

The new education wing includes 
three Sunday school rooms, an office, 
and an expansion of the fellowship hall. 
Space is also available for the addition 
of two more Sunday school rooms when 
the need arises. 

Wolf Construction of Logansport, Ind., 
was the contractor for the addition. The 
cost of the new building was approx- 
imately $100,000, but in addition to 
this, a lot of materials were donated and 
much work was done by the Corinth 
Brethren themselves. 

The afternoon dedication service fol- 
lowed a morning of special Friend Day 
activities during both the Sunday school 
hour and the morning worship service. 

The Sunday school hour featured the 
annual Kids Versus Adults contest to see 
which group could have the larger at- 
tendance. For the fourth straight year, 
the children won, with 62 in attendance. 
The adults, who could only muster 56, 
must host a party for the wnners. 

The speaker for the worship service 
was Dr. Jerry Flora, professor at Ash- 
land Theological Seminary. Dr. Flora's 
wife, Julie, also gave a historical sketch 
of the hymn, "Tis So Sweet to Trust in 
Jesus," during the service. 



Musical selections were presented by 
the Corinth adult choir, under the direc- 
tion of Jean Grable, and by the Corinth 
Junior Youth, directed by Lynne Brady. 
A quartet of Junior Youth girls (India 
Staller, Stephanie Scott, and Elizabeth 



history of the addition. Special music 
was provided by "The Reason We Sing," 
a Christian music ensemble from the 
area that includes Doug and Melanie 
Nolan and Dale and Heather Green 
from the Corinth Church. 

Greetings were received from special 
guests at the dedication, including Gen- 
eral Conference Moderator -Elect Glenn 
Grumbling, Indiana District Elder Gene 
Eckerley, and former pastors G. Bright 




Exterior of the Corinth Church 's new education wing (at right of photo), with the older part 



of the church building behind. 

and Sarah Moss) also presented special 
music, and Heather Green sang a solo. 
Attendance for the service was 196. 

Dr. Flora was again the speaker for 
the dedication service. Church moder- 
ator Dennis Moss introduced gruests 
from the Eirea who assisted in the con- 
struction project and also gave a brief 




Photo by Pastor Bill Brady. 

Hanna, Clarence Kindley, Mark Brit- 
ton, and J.D. Smith (interim). 

Following the litany of dedication and 
a prayer for the future ministry of the 
church, the 186 people in attendance 
toured the new facilities, with members 
of the expansion conmnittee (Dennis 
Moss, Mike Morrow, Merrill Grable, 
Ray Staller, Marvin Dillman, Carl 
Scott, George Staller, Frances Beckley, 
Lynnea Strong, Bonnie Moss, and Pas- 
tor Bill Brady) serving as tour guides. 
— reported by Pastor Bill Brady 



Kevin Scott teaches the Junior Class in one of the new classrooms. 
June 1992 



Photo by Julie Schroder. 



Short-Term 

Ministry Trip 

Canceled 

Due to scheduling difficulties 
with Jesus People USA, the Short- 
Term Ministry Task Force has 
postponed the short-term minis- 
try trip planned for this summer 
until the summer of 1993. 

The task force extends its 
thanks to all who expressed an 
interest in this project and looks 
forward to your participation next 
year. 



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UPDATE 



Northvie\v Brethren Life Congregation 
Breaks Ground for First Church Building 



using a hand plow, to which two ropes 
had been attached. The people of the 
church pulled together on the ropes, 
symbolizing the church's philosophy of 
ministry of working together, and Pas- 
tor Nevins steered the plow, symboliz- 
ing his leadership responsibilities. 

The new 13,200 square-foot facility 
will be of frame construction, have a 
brick front, with metal siding on the 
remainder of the building. It will in- 
clude a 60- by 100-foot multi-purpose 
area, that will be used as the worship 
center. Initially, seating for 250 will be 



provided in this area, but it will be 
capable of holding 700. The building will 
also contain six classrooms (two of 
which can be subdivided to make two 
additional classrooms), three offices, a 
refreshment center/kitchen, and 
restroom facilities. 

Estimated cost of the building is 
$250,000. Construction is to begin about 
June 1 , with the expected time of com- 
pletion to be the end of November. The 
North view Church is looking forward to 
receiving help with the construction 
from the Brethren Men of Mission in 
July and August. 

The new church building will be lo- 
cated on Ohio Route 123 and Dearth 
Road on the south side of Springboro, 
just off of Interstate 75. 



Springboro, Ohio — The Northview 
Brethren Life Church broke ground 
Sunday afternoon. May 3, for construc- 
tion of a church building. 

This will be the initial facility of this 
Home Mission church, which was 
started in March of 1989. The congrega- 
tion had been meeting in a school and is 
currently meeting in the facilities of a 
Seventh Day Adventist Church. The 
congregation is currently averaging 122 
for worship services. 

Sixty-nine people were present for the 
ground-breaking service, which was 
held at the conclusion of a fellowship 
meal that followed the morning wor- 
ship service. In addition to those 
from the congregation who were in 
attendance. Rev. Russell Gordon, 
Director of Home Missions and 
Church Growth, was there repre- 
senting the Missionary Board of the 
Brethren Church, as were Mr. and 
Mrs. Clyde Focht, representing the 
Ohio District Mission Board, and Mr. 
and Mrs. Virgil Bamhart from the 
Gratis, Ohio, Brethren Church. 

Rev. Archie Nevins, pastor of the 
Northview Church, led singing and 
presented a brief meditation at the 
ground-breaking, and Rev. Gene 
Hollinger, an elder in the congrega- 
tion, read scripture and offered A hand plow pulled by the people and guided by Pastor Archie Nevins was iL'sed to break ground, sym- 
prayer. Then ground was broken holizing the philosophy of ministry of the Northview Brethren Life Church. Photo by Rev. Russell Gordon. 




Phil Medsger Ordained to Brethren Eldership 
December 1 at the Roann First Brethren Church 



Roann, Ind. — Phil Medsger was 
ordained an elder in The Brethren 
Church and his wife, Sandy, was con- 
secrated the wife of an elder at a service 
held December 1 at the Roann First 
Brethren Church, where Rev. Medsger 
serves as pastor. 

Rev. James Thomas, pastor of the 
Loree (Bunkerhill, Ind.) Brethren 
Church gave the ordination message. 
Other Brethren elders participating in 
the service were Rev. Marlin McCann 
(General Conference moderator). Rev. 
Donald Siders, Rev. Donald Rowser, Rev. 
Gene Eckerley (Indiana District Elder), 
and Rev. David Cooksey (Director of 
Pastoral Ministries). Also participating 
in the service was Garland Fisher, for- 
mer moderator of the Roann Church, 
who read the action of the congregation 
calling for Pastor Medsger 's ordination. 

Special music for the service was 
presented by-Pastor Medsger 's brother- 

16 



in-law, James Lentz, who sang "When 
He Was on the Cross, I Was on His 
Mind"; and by his wife, Sandy, who sang 
"He Chose Me." 

Rev. Medsger was bom March 7, 1947, 




Elder and Mrs. Phil Medsger 



in Mt. Pleasant, Pa., and attended Con- 
nellsville High School. Following high 
school he became a dairy farmer and 
was thus employed when he was mirac- 
ulously called by God in 1982. 

Two years later, he became pastor of 
the Mt. Pleasant Brethren Church, 
where he served for five years. He has 
served the Roann Church for ap- 
proximately 2Vz years. He received 
training for his pastoral service through 
the Berean Bible Course and the Breth- 
ren reading program. 

Rev. and Mrs. Medsger (the former 
Sandy Landy) were married November 5, 
1966. They have three children: Stacy, 
who lives with her husband, Tom Mari- 
ano, in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico; Heath, 
who lives in Roann; and Clint, who lives 
with his wife, Kristi, in Akron, Ind. 

Following the ordination service, the 
Roann congregation hosted a reception 
in honor of the new elder and his family, 
during which the church presented Pas- 
tor and Mrs. Medsger a painting of the 
Roann Covered Bridge. 
— reported by Mary Haupert, Deacon Bd sec. 

The Brethren Evangeust 



UPDATE 



Gretna Brethren Church Breaks Ground 
On Sunday, May 3rd, for New Sanctuary 



Bellefontaine, Ohio — The Gretna 
Brethren Church broke ground Sunday, 
May 3, to build a new sanctuary. 

Bob McPherson led hymns during the 
ground-breaking service, which was 
held immediately following the 
morning worship service, and Mod- 
erator Thomas Losey offered prayer. 
Building Committee member Ed 
Hauk led a responsive scripture 
reading, recording secretary Lorrie 
Best shared readings, and Pastor 
Lynn Mercer gave a meditation. 

Then the entire congregation, which 
had been requested to bring shovels, 
was given the opportunity to "break 
ground." Following the digging. 
Building Committee chairman Dean 
Hess offered the prayer of dedication. 

In addition to the sanctuary, the 
new structure will house several class- 
rooms, two offices, and restrooms. 
The sanctuary will seat 240, with 
overflow space for 80 more. When 
the new sanctuary is completed, the 
present sanctuary will be used as a 
fellowship area. When 



Zion Church Designers and Builders 
of Zion, 111., is overseeing the building 
project. The Gretna Church is also look- 
ing forward to having a number of rep- 
resentatives from the Brethren Men of 



Mission help with the construction of 
the new building. 

Estimated cost of the addition is 
$260,000, and the estimated date of 
completion is November 15. 

In preparation for the new building, 
the Gretna Brethren completed a new 
parking lot last fall, also including a 
new Softball diamond in that project. 

— reported by Pastor Lynn Mercer 




it came time to break ground, the whole congregation got into the act. Photo by Ralph Hurley. 



Cheyenne Pastor Plays the Role 
Of 1st Century Roman Soldier 

Cheyenne, Wyo. — Rev. G. Emery 
Hurd, pastor of the Cheyenne Brethren 
Church, presented a "first-person" mes- 
sage at his church's Easter SonRise 
service entitled, "The Soldier at the 
Cross," while dressed in the uniform of 
a Roman soldier of the first century. 

This is one of several characters Rev. 
Hurd has portrayed over the past 



several years, including Pontius Pilate, 
Simon Peter, and Caiaphas the High 
Priest. In each he has tried to make the 
Bible come alive by basing his por- 
trayals on careful research of dress, cus- 
tom, and historical background. These 
messages, which provide an inspira- 
tional portrayal of the power of Christ's 
resurrection, have been well-received. 

Following this year's SonRise service, 
the Brethren Men of Mission of the 
Cheyenne Church sei-ved a free break- 
fast of pancakes, bacon, eggs, toast. 



juice, and coffee. Their task was made 
easier this year, since they were able to 
use the church's new kitchen, which was 
just recently wired and plumbed. Last 
year the kitchen was not available, and 
they had to prepare the breakfast with- 
out the use of a stove. Seventy people 
enjoyed this year's breakfast. 

— reported by Alice M. Tharp 



Pa. Pastors and Wives Retreat 
Offers Inspiration, Relaxation 

Masontown, Pa. — Several pastors 
and pastors' wives from the Pennsyl- 
vania District enjoyed a time of inspira- 
tion and relaxation at a district retreat 
held April 28-30 at Camp Peniel. 

Rev. Gerald Zook, pastor of the Johns- 
town Second Brethren Church, presented 
a video series by Dr. Howard Hendricks 
of Dallas Theological Seminary on "Mak- 
ing an Impact." The videos focused on 
the exemplary lives of Daniel (a man of 
godly competence), Esther (a woman of 
godly courage), Timothy (a man of godly 
character), and Joseph (a man of godly 
conviction). 

The group also viewed a video by Rev. 

June 1992 



Wayne Henderson, an evangelist for the 
Christian Motorcyclist Association, 
describing successful techniques used 
by eight growing churches from around 
the world. Discussion followed each of 
the video presentations. 

Retreat participants also spent free 
time enjoying the beautiful surround- 
ings of Camp Peniel. 

Activities concluded with a ctimpfire 
the first day (held around the fireplace 
in the chapel basement), and a vesper 
service on the second. Both services 
were led by Rev. Russell King, pastor of 
the Masontown Brethren Church. 

Chet and Helen McAfoose of the Sar- 
ver Brethren Church served as cooks for 
the retreat and also joined the pastors 
and wives during the sessions. 

— reported by Rev. Russell King 




Cheyenne Pastor G. Emery Hurd in the role 
of a Roman soldier. Phofo by Ruth Larson. 

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UPDATE 



Joseph Shultz Announces Retirement 
As President of Ashland University 



Ashland, Ohio — Ashland University 
President Dr. Joseph R. Shultz has an- 
nounced that he will retire July 1. 

Shultz made the announcement at a 
May 7 dinner celebrating the final pay- 
ment of mortgages on nine university 
buildings. In attendance were AU trus- 
tees, the president's cabinet, and some 
donors. The announcement came just 
two days before his 65th birthday. 

During Shultz's 13-year tenure as pres- 
ident, Ashland went from a financially 
troubled college to a financially stable 
university with a total enrollment of 
about 5,000 (nearly double what it was 
when Shultz took the reigns). When he 
became president in 1979, the college 
consisted of 19 small departments and 
a faculty of approximately 100. Today 
Ashland is a thriving liberal arts 
university with 185 faculty members, 
five schools, undergraduate and grad- 
uate programs, as well as program cen- 
ters throughout Ohio. 

Before being named president of the 
university. Dr. Shultz had served for 17 
years as dean of Ashland Theological 
Seminary. When he came to the sem- 
inary in 1963, the school had 22 stu- 
dents, two teachers, and one building. 
Under Shultz the seminary earned its 
initial accreditation by the Association 
of Theological Schools. Seventeen years 
later, when he was named president of 
Ashland University, the seminary had 
460 students and five campus buildings. 

Dr. Shultz's retirement comes in the 
midst of a study of transition in leader- 
ship which AU's Board of Trustees has 
had in process for some time. This proc- 
ess was expedited by a combination of 
events, including a preliminary report 
from an institutional review being con- 
ducted by a team of outside consultants. 




Dr. Joseph R. Shultz 

This review, initiated by the Board of 
Trustees in April, is being conducted by 
James Fisher, president emeritus of the 
Washington, D.C. -based Council for Ad- 
vancement and Support of Education, 
and his team of consultants. The team 
is studying academic programs, stu- 
dents, faculty, administration, govern- 
ance, and other issues. A final report is 
expected sometime in August. 

In addition, Ashland University has 
been a target of a National Collegiate 
Athletic Association (NCAA) inquiry 
into allegations of irregularities in the 
men's basketball program. The findings 
of the NCAA inquiry have not yet been 
released, but two separate internal in- 
vestigations — one by the Faculty 
Forum Executive Committee and the 
other by the provost — concluded that 
allegations of academic misconduct 
were unfounded. 



In commenting on Dr. Shultz's an- 
nouncement of his retirement, AU Board 
of Trustees President Richard Van 
Auken praised the outgoing president. 
"Dr. Shultz has been one of the strong- 
est presidents in higher education," he 
said. "The university has enjoyed un- 
precedented growth under his leader- 
ship. He posted extraordinary results. 
Dr. Shultz's vision and actions have ef- 
fectively positioned the university for 
the future. He is, indeed, a remarkable 
man." 

Following Dr. Shultz's announcement 
of his retirement, the Board of Trustees 
put into motion a plain to find his succes- 
sor. This includes naming an interim 
president who is to be in office by mid- 
summer (see following story), and ap- 
pointing a committee to search for a 
permanent president. The board expects 
to announce this person by January 
1993, with the new president to take 
office by July 1, 1993. 

Ashland University Trustees 
Appoint Interim President 

Ashland, Ohio — The Ashland Uni- 
versity Board of Trustees announced on 
May 20 the appointment of Walter B. 
Waetjen as interim president, effective 
July 1. 

Waetjen, president emeritus of Cleve- 
land State University, served as presi- 
dent of CSU from 1973 to 1988. Most 
recently he was a visiting fellow at the 
University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 
1990-91. 

He received his doctorate in education 
from the University of Maryland in 1951 
and was a member of that school's fac- 
ulty from 1955 to 1973. He also served as 
vice president for general administra- 
tion at the university from 1965 to 1973. 

Dr. Waetjen and his wife, Betty, live 
in Oxford, Maryland. They have three 
children and nine grandchildren. 




Brethren Construction Fellowship 
1992 Summer Projects 



Gretna — Bellefontaine, Ohio 

June 8-1 2 — Framing 
June 1 5-1 9 — Arches & trusses 
, June 22-26 — Roofing 
June 29-July 3 — Interior wall framing 

Contact Lynn Mercer if you can help 
at 513-592-0186 



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July 13-31 — Framing 

August 17-28 — Drywall 

Contact Archie Nevins if you can help 
at 513-748-1407 



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The Brethren Evangeust 



UPDATE 



Ashland University Awards Honorary Degree 
To Brethren Missionary K. Prasanth Kumar 



Ashland, Ohio — Rev. K. 
Prasanth Kumar, director of 
the Brethren Mission in 
India, was aweirded an hon- 
orary Doctor of Humanities 
degree May 9 by Ashland 
University. 

The honorary degree was 
awarded to Rev. Kumar in 
recognition of his outstand- 
ing service in meeting the 
spiritual and physical needs 
of people in his homeland. 

Bom April 27, 1939, in the 
city of Rajahmundry in 
Andhra Pradesh, India, 
Kumar received a bachelor 
of arts degree from Andhra 
University and a master of 
arts degree with special- 
ization in public adminis- 
tration from Nagpur University. 

In 1965 he came to the United States, 
where he entered Ashland Theological 
Seminary. While a student there he 




joined the Ashland Park Street Breth 



Rev. K. Prasanth Kumar receives his honorary degree from A U President 
Joseph R. Shultz (r. ) and A U Board of Trustees chairman Richard Van Auken. 

ren Church and entered into discus- 
sions with the Missionary Board of the 
Brethren Church about beginning mis- 
sion work in India. 

Following his graduation from the 



seminary in 1969 with a master of 
divinity degree and his ordination as a 
Brethren elder at General Conference 
that same year, he returned to his home- 
land to begin the Brethren Mission in 
India. 

His work there with the 
help of his wife, NLrmala, 
has resulted in the estab- 
lishment of 160 churches 
reaching 8,000 people, a 
boys' and a girls' orphanage, 
a free clinic, a mobile clinic, 
a Bible institute, and a voca- 
tional training center. He 
ministers in 200 villages 
within a 700-mile radius. 

His efforts have not gone 
without recognition. He re- 
ceived a national award from 
the International Organiza- 
tion of Junior Chamber of 
Commerce for his outstand- 
ing service and leadership; 
he was given the Outstand- 
ing Alumni award by Ash- 
land Theological Seminary in 1980; and 
he and Nirmala were honored by the 
Missionary Board at the 1991 General 
Conference for their 22 years of out- 



standing service and leadership in India. 



Thirteen Brethren Receive 
Ashland University Degrees 

Ashland, Ohio — Thirteen Brethren 
were among the approximately 1,160 
graduates who received degrees from 
Ashland Univesity May 9 at the school's 
1 14th commencement ceremony. 

In addition to Rev. K. Prasanth Kumar, 
who was presented an honorary Doctor 
of Humanities degree (see above), the 
following Brethren students received 
degrees: 

Bachelor of Arts 

Vanessa Oburn Gordon, former mem- 
ber of the Pleasant Hill, Ohio, First 
Brethren Church and now a member of 
the Milledgeville, 111., Brethren Church, 
and wife of Milledgeville Youth Pastor 
Ryan Gordon. 

Matthew W. Hamel, member of the 
Johnstown, Pa., Second Brethren 
Church and active attender of the Ash- 
land Garber Brethren Church. 

Mark A. Ray, former member of the 
Milford, Ind., First Brethren Church and 
now a member of the Sarasota, Fla., 
First Brethren Church, where he serves 
as Director of Ministries and Youth. 

Amanda J. Wiblin, a member of the 
Newark, Ohio, Brethren Church. 
Bachelor of Science degree 

Gregory Hepburn, a member of the 
Ashland Park Street Brethren Church. 

June 1992 



David L. RuLon, a member of the 
Smithville, Ohio, Brethren Church and 
former member of the Town and Coun- 
try Brethren Church of Tampa, Fla. He 
is the son of Rev. and Mrs. Dale RuLon. 

Jonathxin J. Ward, a member of the 
Ashland Park Street Brethren Church. 

Bachelor of Science In Education 

Kimberly Wagoner Howenstine, a 
member of the Elkhart, Ind., First Breth- 
ren Church and currently attending the 
Smithville, Ohio, Brethren Church. 

Eric H. Schave, a member of the Mill- 
edgeville, 111., Brethren Church and cur- 
rently attending the Ashland Park 
Street Brethren Church. 

Christine M. Sullivan, a member of 
the Milledgeville, 111., Brethren Church 
and daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Kenneth 
Sullivan. 

Bachelor of Science In Business 
Administration 

Aaron D. Jerviss (cum laude), a mem- 
ber of the Gretna (Bellefontaine, Ohio) 
Brethren Church. 

Asssoclate of Arts 

Sharon L. Bowling, a member of the 
Oak Hill, W. Va., First Brethren 
Church. 

The speaker for the commencement 
ceremony was Dr. Daryl McCarthy, ex- 
ecutive director of the International In- 
stitute for Christian Studies. In a mes- 
sage entitled, "If a Russian Asked You 
for Help . . . Responding to the Post- 



Soviet Crisis," he challenged AU grad- 
uates to participate in a massive deploy- 
ment of American expertise to help re- 
build the former Soviet Union. 

While acknowledging that Russia and 
other former communist nations need 
assistance in nearly every area, Mc- 
Carthy said that the Soviet world's most 
fundamental need is to "meet" Jesus 
Christ and to learn to apply biblical 
principles to their personal lives and 
national problems. 

"Regardless of how many billions of 
dollars and Deutsch marks are pumped 
into the economy, there must be basic 
changes at the grassroots level in the 
lives of individuals," he said. 

The kinds of radical and basic chan- 
ges that are needed "take place most 
effectively as individuals meet Jesus 
Christ in a personal confrontation and 
£ire supematurally changed by Him," he 
sAid. "They are asking for just that kind 
of help: for Christians — persons with 
clearly developed values — to help them 
rebuild their society," he added. 

"If a Russian asked you for help, would 
you help?" McCarthy asked. "I challenge 
you to share your resources," he con- 
cluded. "It could make all the difference 
in their world — and possibly yours." 

The university granted 521 master's 
degrees, 501 bachelor's degrees, and 
132 associate degrees to this year's 
graduates. 

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UPDATE 



"Equipped and Ready" is Theme 
Of Southwest District Conference 



Tucson, Ariz. — "Equipped and Ready" 
(based on Ephesians 6:10-13) was the 
theme of the 1992 Southwest District 
Conference held April 24-26 at North- 
west Brethren Chapel in Tucson. 

A district youth conference was held 
simultaneously with the adult gathering. 

Speakers for the adult conference were 
Ronald W. Waters, Director of Brethren 
Church Ministries, and James R. Black, 
Executive Director of the Missionary 
Board of The Brethren Church. Both ad- 
dressed facets of the conference theme. 

RoUin Cook of the Tucson First Breth- 
ren Church served as moderator of the 
conference. Business sessions included 
the usual reports from district boards 
and committees. Credentials were pre- 
sented by 36 delegates. 

Saturday afternoon was devoted to 
discussion of a study being done by the 
National Association of Brethren Church 
Elders on the ordination of divorced and 
remarried candidates. Fred Finks, Vice 
President of Ashland Theological Sem- 



inary, and David Cooksey, Director of 
Pastoral Ministries, presented informa- 
tion on the study and participated in a 
discussion of issues involved. 

Following the discussion, a "straw vote" 
was taken on a report prepared by the 
Elders' national study committee. This 
report proposes that a divorced or di- 
vorced and remarried candidate would 
not automatically be disqualified for or- 
dination. Instead, it recommends that a 
thorough examination be made of the 
candidate's divorce history, efforts at 
reconciliation, and attitudes toward 
divorce, with a look at what forms of for- 
giveness and restoration have been un- 
dertaken. In the voting, in which 
delegates indicated their personal views 
without committing their local congrega- 
tions, 96 percent indicated their approval 
of the tone and direction of the report. 

Newly elected officers of the district 
are: Chuck Wilson, moderator; Rollin 
Cook, vice moderator; Maude Shingler, 
secretary, Nadine Curtright, assistant 



stand; helping to make vegetable soup 
for the class to sell; and so on. She also 
joined the class in its many fun times. 

During the years she taught the class, 
Mrs. Mills seldom needed a substitute 
teacher. On those rare occasions when 
she did, however, her husband was often 
the one who stepped in to take her place. 

One of the class traditions is to give 
baby showers for members of the class 
upon the arrival of their first baby after 
joining the class. By the time Miriam's 
first grandchild was bom, she had bought 
so many baby gifts that the class gave 
her a baby shower. 



Mrs. Miriam Mills Honored 
For 33 Years as S. S. Teacher 

Berlin, Pa. — Miriam Mills was hon- 
ored recently for her 33 years of service 
as teacher of the "Young Adult Class" at 
the Berlin Brethren Church. 

Mrs. Mills retired as teacher of the 
class at the end of 1990, when her hus- 
band retired as pastor at Berlin. As a 
tribute to Mrs. Mills for her years of 
devoted and dedicated teaching, the class 
recently purchased a lighted stained- 
glass picture and placed it in the Sun- 
day school auditorium in her honor. 

Mrs. Mills's tenure with the class 
began in 1957 when three young, 
newly-married couples at the church 
asked the new pastor. Rev. Ralph E. 
Mills, and his wife Miriam to help 
them start a new class. A name was 
chosen — The Young Adult Class — 
and Mrs. Mills agreed to be the 
teacher. It was decided that in addi- 
tion to class sessions on Sunday 
morning, the grroup would also meet 
at the Mills's home on the third 
Thursday of each month. 

Besides teaching the class, Mrs. 
Mills was always available to help 
with any project the group undertook. 
Thus it was not unusual to find her 
making coffee at a banquet the class 
served; selling pies at a public auction Miriam Mills with the picture honoring her for 
where the class had a concession her 33 years as teacher of the Young Adult Class. 

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secretary; Paul Wells, treasurer; and 
Jim Fisher, assistant treasurer. 

The conference concluded Sunday with 
separate worship services at Northwest 
Chapel and Tucson First. The 1993 con- 
ference will be held February 19-21 at 
the Tucson First Brethren Church. 

— reported by Ronald W. Waters 

Two-Part Program is Planned 
For Brethren World Assembly 

Elizabethtown, Pa. — Brethren from 
the five major denominations with his- 
toric ties to Alexander Mack and Schwar- 
zenau, Germany, will gather at Eliza- 
bethtown College July 15—18 for the 
first-ever Brethren World Assembly. 

The program for the gathering has 
been organized into two parts: a Small 
(study) Assembly, from Wednesday eve- 
ning through Saturday noon; and a 
Large Assembly scheduled to begin at 
1:30 p.m. on Saturday. Both assemblies 
are open to the public, but pre-registra- 
tion is required for the Small Assembly. 

The Small Assembly will include an 
introductory program Wednesday eve- 
ning followed by eight study sessions on 
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday fore- 
noons. Speakers and respondents for 
these sessions will be Donald F. Dum- 
baugh, Dale R. Stoffer, Fred Benedict, 
Dale W. Brown, Hedda Durnbaugh, 
Donald R. Hinks, Brenda Colijn, Eugene 
F. Roop, Ronald T. Clutter, William R. 
Eberly, Gerald C. Wagoner, Carl F. 
Bowman, Marcus Miller, Robert G. 
Clouse, J. David Eberly, Joseph R. 
Shultz, David Plaster, and others. 

Thursday and Friday afternoons will 
be open for informal fellowship, local 
tours, workshops on heritage themes, 
and audio-visual presentations. The eve- 
ning sessions on Thursday and Friday 
(for which pre-registration is not re- 
quired) will focus on Brethren in many 
nations. Speakers will include John Guli, 
Onaldo Peirera, Jose Rivero, David Ma- 
laga, Juan Carlos Miranda, and others. 

At the Large Assembly on Saturday 
afternoon and evening, representatives 
from the five Brethren bodies (including 
Dr. Jerry Flora from The Brethren 
Church) will speak on the conference 
them, "Christ Is Lord: Affirming Our 
Faith Heritage." The afternoon session 
will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Thompson 
Gymnasium. No pre-registration is re- 
quired for these sessions; a freewill of- 
fering will be taken. 

The registration deadline for those at- 
tending the Small Assembly is June 20. 
See your pastor or call The Brethren 
Church National Office (419-289-1708) 
for a brochure Eind registration form. 

The Brethren Evangelist 



Little Crusader 

Jesus said, "Let the children come to tne, and do not hinder 
them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 19:14). 

Happy Birthday to Us! 

Do you like birthdays? I do. I just had my birthday, and I l<now many other people 
who will have their birthday this month. I like birthdays because they give us a special 
chance to tell others how much we really love and appreciate them. 

When special things happen on our birthdays, they can be even more fun. For 
example, this year my son's birthday fell on a holiday and there was no school. Even 
though he likes school, he enjoyed knowing that his birthday was a national holiday and 
that everything was closed! 

I think that God must like special birthdays too. He took a special holiday and made 
it even more special by making it a birthday — the Birthday of the Church. The Bible tells 
about it in Acts chapter 2, so you can read about it for yourself. 

On that special day, many people had gathered in Jerusalem to worship God. They 
came to thank Him for the food that was growing and that would soon be ready to eat. 
They also came to thank God for teaching them the kind of people He wanted them to 
be. 

The holiday was called Pentecost — or Shavuot — depending on what language 
you spoke. And languages were a problem. Thousands of people had come to worship 
God on this special day, but they had come from many different countries and spoke 
many different languages. 

Somewhere in the city was a room full of people (120 of them!) who were praying. 
Suddenly God sent His Holy Spirit into these people and they started speaking in many 
other languages. They left the room and went out into the crowds of people and began 
telling them — in their own languages — how much God loved them and how He had 
sent His Son, Jesus, to be their Savior. They also told the people that God would forgive 

them of all their sins if they would repent of 
* those sins and believe in Jesus as their Lord. 

;::' • ' . ,i The Bible says that 3,000 people be- 

lieved and were baptized on that day — the 
day we call the Birthday of the Church. 
What a special party that must have been! 



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At the left is a picture of a 
birthday party for you to color. As 
you color it, think about what you 
have just learned about Pente- 
cost, the day we celebrate as the 
Birthday of the Church. 



June 1992 



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UPDATE 



Pastors' Health Insurance Plan Dropped 
Because of Low Level of Participation 



Ashland, Ohio — The Brethren 
Church National Office has received 
word that its pastors' group health in- 
surance plan had been discontinued. 

In a letter dated March 30, 1992, 
Mennonite Mutual Aid (MMA) notified 
the church of MMA's discontinuation of 
the group arrangement. The letter 
stated, "We have evaluated the 1990 
and 1991 participation requirements 
outlined in my August 1989 correspond- 
ence in 1991. All minister groups were 
required to meet the 75 percent par- 
ticipation level or increase their 1990 
participation a minimum of 10 percent- 
age points; otherwise, the group ar- 
rangement would be discontinued." 

The results of a census of eligible 
Brethren pastors and employees com- 
pleted December 1, 1991, revealed an 
increase in participation of only three 
percentage points over 1990 (from 55 to 
58 percent). A 65 percent participation 
level in 1991 would have been required 
to maintain the group arrangement. 

Ronald W. Waters, Director of Breth- 
ren Church Ministries and group repre- 
sentative for the plan, noted his regrets 
at the plan's demise. "A group health 
insurance plan was initiated in the 
1950s to provide reasonably-priced health 
care for Brethren pastors. Loss of the 
group plan during this time of spiraling 
health insurance costs and uncertainty 
is particularly disturbing," he said. 

According to Waters, discontinuation 
of the group arrangement was not un- 
expected. "Mennonite Mutual Aid has 
been very cooperative in trying to help 
us bring our group participation up to 



the needed level. They offered a 12- 
month open window of eligibility to all 
Brethren pastors from August 1990 to 
August 1991. Several pastors who 
otherwise may have had difficulty get- 
ting insurance because of pre-existing 
health conditions were able to be in- 
sured through this generous offer by 
MMA. Beth Allison, group services 
manager for MMA and a member of the 
Jefferson Brethren Church, was es- 
pecially helpful to me and to members 
of our group throughout the years of our 
association with MMA." 

"However, rising insurance costs 
caused many pastors to leave the plan 
to seek more affordable coverage," ac- 
cording to Waters. "A declining number 
of plan participants led to the move- 
ment of our self-insurance group to 
MMA in 1987. Without the foresight of 
the Retirement Board in making the 
move then, we would probably have lost 
our group plan earlier. And some pas- 
tors presently covered by MMA might 
not have health insurance today with- 
out that action by the board." 

Fortunately, pastors presently cov- 
ered by MMA under the group arrange- 
ment will continue to have individual 
coverage. "This action will not jeopard- 
ize the insurance coverage of any pas- 
tors presently insured through our group," 
Waters said. "However, new pastors ap- 
plying for coverage in the future will be 
enrolled by MMA as individuals. They 
will not have the benefit we have had in 
the past whereby new pastors were 
guaranteed health insurance, even if 
they had pre-existing health conditions. 




mation about the church lettered on the van. According to Pastor David Oligee, the church had 
been praying about a vehicle to replace its buses, which were no longer usable, and had looked 
into the possibility of purchasing a van, hut had decided to wait. Shortly thereafter, they received 
a call from an area dealer that they should come and pick up their van! Photo by Audrey Gilbert. 

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Losing this benefit could cost some pas- 
tors and their employing churches sig- 
nificant insurance underwriting costs 
in the future." 

Another change will be discontinua- 
tion of a group health insurance repre- 
sentative, Waters said. "With a group 
arrangement, I have been able to serve 
as an advocate with the insurer on 
several occasions. In some cases we 
have been able to have claims payments 
reviewed and increased, or to solicit ad- 
ditional support through MMA's Shar- 
ing Fund. Without the group standing, 
I no longer have any advocacy channels. 
Individual pastors will be on their own 
in dealing with claims and Sharing 
Fund questions." 

"And we were able to assist our 
retired pastors with MMA insurance 
questions, though they were not techni- 
cally part of our group. Ability to pro- 
vide that assistance also ends with dis- 
continuation of the group arrange- 
ment," Waters added. 

Pastors insured through the group 
may still use the MMA toll-free number 
(800-348-7468) when calling about 
claims or other questions. However, 
they should no longer ask for the group 
marketing office, nor should they iden- 
tify themselves with The Brethren 
Church group. 

"I have appreciated the faithfulness 
of those pastors and churches who have 
stuck with the plan through the changes 
of the past several years," Waters said. 
"Many have done so because they have 
maintained as their primary concern a 
desire to be mutually supportive of 
other pastors who have had major 
health problems — pastors who other- 
wise might not have qualified for af- 
fordable health insurance. Some had 
remained in our group — at times, to 
their own economic disadvantage — be- 
cause of their biblical concern for "bear- 
ing one another's burdens' rather th^m 
looking first to their own financial con- 
cern." 

Waters indicated he does not expect 
The Brethren Church or the National 
Association of Brethren Church Elders 
to pursue another group insurance ar- 
rangement for Brethren pastors. "We 
have had difficulty maintaining suffi- 
cient levels of group participation in the 
past, even with MMA's generous ap- 
proach of factoring out pastors with 
spousal coverage from our eligibility 
percentage. Nearly every other insurer 
would require us to include those pas- 
tors, resulting in an even lower par- 
ticipation level of only about one-third. 
It would seem to be futile to try to form 
a group of sufficient size under the cur- 
rent climate." 

The Brethren Evangelist 



UPDATE 



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ren Church, with the youth of the church 
in charge of the worship service. Jason 
Turner, age 13, preached the sermon (at his 
own request!) and reportedly gave a very 
good message. Youth Pastor Ryan Gordon 
assisted the youth with the service. 

The parsonage of the College Corner 
Brethren Church (near Wabash, Ind.), 
home for Rev. and Mrs. Glenn Grumbling, 



was hit by high winds or a tornado Friday 
afternoon. May 22. No one was injured, but 
considerable damage was done to the house, 
garage, and the Grumbling's new car in the 
garage. Despite the damage, the house was 
still in livable condition. The branch of a 
tree next to the house was struck by light- 
ning during the storm, and 24 hours later the 
tree was struck again, this time on the trunk. 



Dr. J.D. Hamel, Pastor Emeritus of the 
First Brethren Church of Sarasota, Fla., re- 
ceived double honor recently. He was des- 
ignated "Man of the Year" for 1991-1992 
by V.F.W. Post 3233 for his "outstanding 
contributions and service to the community 
of Sarasota, Florida." And he was named to 
the 1992-1993 4th edition of Who 's Who in 
Religion — a profile of religious men and 
women from throughout the world. 

George Leidy, who will turn 90 on June 
10, will be honored at an open house June 
7 in the Fellowship House of the Vinco Breth- 
ren Church. Mr. Leidy has been a lifelong 
member of the Vinco Church, a deacon 
since 1942, and is a life member of the 
Missionary Board of the Brethren Church. 

Sunday, May 3, was observed as Youth 
Sunday at the Milledgeville, LI., Breth- 




recently. The project was part of the Linwood Church's "50 Day Adventure" entitled "The 
Family God Wants Us to Be: Your Prescription for Healthier Relationships. " 

The children delivered some of the canned goods to the Westminster Rescue Mission, where 
they received a tour of the mission building and farm. The mission has avery successful six-month 
program for rehabilitating the addicted. Some of the canned goods were also taken to Carroll 
County Food Sunday, in which the church participates every month. Twelve children participate 
in the Linwood Primary-Junior BYIC group, which meets on Wednesday evenings at the church. 
Leaders of the group are Diana Dixon, Marg Gan'er, and Dee Keplinger. Photo by David Tillman. 



In Memory 

Rev. Clarence A. Stogsdill, pastor of the Tuc- 
son, Ariz., First Brethren Church, died unexpec- 
tedly May 26 al the age of 69. 

He was bom March 6, 1923, to Simeon and 
Grace Stogsdill in Warrensburg, 111. He attended 
Cerro Gordo, 




Seminary (B.D. degree in 1955). He was or- 
dained an elder in The Brethren Church August 
22, 1948, at Cerro Gordo. 

Rev. Stogsdill pastored the Gretna (1948-51), 
Canton Trinity (1951-53), Johnstown Third 
(1956-59), Milledgeville ( 1 960-63), and Tucson 
First (1963-92) Brethren Churches. He had 
planned to retire in August. In addition to the 
above pastorales, he served as National Brethren 
Youth Director from 1953 to 1956. He was Gen- 
eral Conference moderator in 1963. 

On December 23, 1946, Clarence married Wil- 
ma Doris Roy, daughter of Alber and Edna Roy 
of Salisbury, Missouri. Clarence and Doris were 
the parents of two children, Gwen (McKinney) 

June 1992 



of Tucson, and Roger, pastor of the Norlhgate 
Community Brethren Church in Manteca, Calif. 
They also have four grandchildren. 

The funeral service for Brother Stogsdill was 
held Saturday, May 30, at the Tucson First Breth- 
ren Church, with Rev. James R. Black officiating. 
Mrs. Faye B. Hartvpick, 90, May 20. Member 
of the Lanark First Brethren Church. Services by 
Pastor Tom Schiefer. 

Ruth G. Finks, 96, May 19. Member and dea- 
coness of the Maurertown Brethren Church, 
where she was also a member of the W.M.S. and 
a Sunday school teacher for 35 years. Services by 
Pastor Richard Craver. 

Estella R. Hamrick, 82, May 1 5 . Member of the 
Maurertown Brethren Church. Services by Pas- 
tor Richard Craver. 

Wilma HofTman, 101, May 1 1. Member for 56 
years of the Bryan First Brethren Church and 
oldest female member of the church at the time 
of her death. Services by Pastor Mark Britton. 
Ruthanna Pittinger Green, 69, May 7. Active 
member for 57 years of the Linwood Brethren 
Church, where she served as church clerk, finan- 
cial secretary, corresponding secretary, and 
primary Sunday school teacher. Services by Pas- 
tor Robert Keplinger and Rev. John Mills. 
Fred Fogle, 63, May 6. Member of The Brethren 
Church of New Lebanon. Services by Pastor 
James F. Black. 

James Ringler, 56, April 18. Member of the 
Waterloo First Brethren Church. 
Walter Wyant, 66, March 16. Member for 31 
years of the Muncie First Brethren Church. Ser- 
vices by Pastor Keith Bennett. 



Goldenaires 

Don and Ruth Leckey, 65th, June 2 1 . Members 
of the Vinco Brethren Church. 



Weddings 

Rachel Taylor to Dean Mentzer, May 23, at the 
St. James Brethren Church; Pastor Brian H. 
Moore officiating. Bride a member of the St. 
James Brethren Church. 

Lisa Kulig to John GrifTith, May 16, al the 
Ashland Garber Brethren Church; Pastor Ralph 
Gibson and Rev. Reilly Smith officiating. Groom 
a member of the Garber Brethren Church. 
Susan Livengood to James Meadows, May 9, 
at the Milledgeville Brethren Church; Rev. Tom 
Schiefer officiating. Bride a member of the Mill- 
edgeville Brethren Church. 
Michelle Lee Mast to Daniel W. Smith, April 
4, at the Sarasota First Brethren Church; Pastor 
Emeritus J.D. Hamel officiating. Members of the 
Sarasota First Brethren Church. 

Membership Growth 

Loree: 6 by transfer 

Garber: 2 by transfer 

Waterloo: 2 by baptism 

Pleasant View: 9 by baptism 

Mexico: 2 by baptism, 4 by transfer 

Milledgeville : 2 by public confession 

Nappanee: 4 by baptism, 5 by transfer 

Main Street: 3 by baptism, 6 by transfer 

Masontown: 1 by baptism, 1 by reclamation 

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104th General Conference 



August 3-7 

Ashland, Ohio 

Theme: "Put on the Whole Armor" 

Theme Verse: Ephesians 6:11 

The Brethren Church, as part of the 
worldwide church of Jesus Christ, is in- 
volved in spiritual w^arfare. 

Sometimes the Enemy attacks in subtle 
w^ays to erode our faith and bring dis- 
couragement; sometimes he launches full- 
scale attacks to defeat us and drive us 
aw^ay from our faith in Christ. 

This year's Conference w^ill focus on 
battle, on the w^eapons of our w^arfare, and 
on the victory that is already ours in Jesus 
Christ. 




Tlie 1992 Conference will feature: 

• Dr. Leith Anderson as outside speaker 

• Rich times of worship and fellowship 

• Addresses by Moderator Marlin 
McCann and Moderator-Elect Glenn 
Grumbling 

• Practical w^orkshops 

• Introduction of new priorities for The 
Brethren Church 

Don't miss this year's General Con- 
ference! Make plans now to attend, and com- 
plete the registration form on page 14 no 
later than July 22. 

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Developing a Global Vision 




Leaving Our Comfort Zones 



THE WARM JUNE AIR 
brushed softly against my 
cheek. An expanse of green 
spread in all directions — brok- 
en only by an occasional farm- 
house and gravel road. The sun 
dangled just above the horizon 
as some Amish farmers tried to 
squeeze the last drop of oppor- 
tunity from the daylight hours 
by working in their gardens. 

This was Indiana farm 
country, and it felt good to be 
back after some exhausting 
work in Latin America's nerve- 
clattering major cities. 

A desire to escape 

Fatigue from the previous 
days of work and stress swept 
over me, and I wondered what 
it would be like to stay in this 
countryside and forget about 
the rush of missionary and 
journalistic work: no deadlines; 
no traffic jams; no meetings; no 
language barriers. 

I would stay isolated from the 
world and never have another 
worry. (That's not to say that 
farmers don't have worries!) 

But was that what I really 
wanted? 

My escapist feelings that day 
reminded me of the constant 
tension faced by all Christians. 
It would be so easy just to for- 
get about the problemis of the 
world and to go about our own 



isolationist, pleasure-seeking 
lives. 

But then we recall Christ's 
words to love our neighbor and 
to "go into all the world." We 
know, deep down, that God re- 
quires more of us than that we 
"feel good." 

Others who faced this 

Moses surely dealt with this 
struggle when God ordered him 
back to Egypt. After earlier 
years as a prince of Egypt — 
surrounded by bodyguards and 
favor-seekers — Moses may 
have enjoyed the obscurity of 
Midian, where he could raise 
his little family in the shadow 
of desert mountains. 

"O Lord, please send someone 
else to do it," he told God. 

David may have been perfect- 
ly happy as a shepherd-poet 
and songwriter. The disciples 
temporarily went back to the 
tranquil shores of Galilee after 
Jesus' crucifixion and resurrec- 
tion — perhaps seeking their 
old comfort zone as fishers of 
fish — not men. 

But fortunately, all of these 
— Moses, David, and the apos- 
tles — ultimately answered 
God's call and went into the 
heat of action. 

We Christians need to be 
careful not to close ourselves off 
in our all-evangelical worlds. 



Some 90 percent of all Chris- 
tian literature is directed to 
Christians. Frances Fuller, in- 
volved in Baptist publishing in 
the Middle East, recently said, 
"If we're not creating literature 
that will reach the world, we're 
only making bricks to build a 
wall around ourselves." 



"It would be so easy 
just to forget about 
the problems of the 
world and to go 
about our own iso- 
lationist, pleasure- 
seeking lives." 



She also shared that after the 
recent riots in Los Angeles, she 
visited three different churches 
on successive Sundays. Not one 
of the messages at those 
churches addressed the hurt 
and strife in Los Angeles. In- 
stead they dealt with managing 
your money, pastor-parishioner 
relationships, and the godly 
life. These were all valid topics, 
but hardly of interest to the un- 
saved in a hurting city. 

Times to rest and reflect 

There certainly are times to 
rest, reflect, and regroup. Jesus 
Himself needed to spend hours 
alone with the Father. 

But then it's time once again 
to venture out into a world 
needing hope and a Savior. 

How many non-Christian 
friends do you and I have? Are 
we praying about the needs of 
the world — or just about our 
own needs? Is God calling you 
and me to leave our comfort 
zones and to go to another 
country? Or to the family across 
the street? 

I look forward to my next trip 
back to Indiana. But I also 
want to be obedient to God and 
to go wherever He sends me. [j] 

The Brethren Evangelist 




July/August 1992 
Volume 114, Number 7 



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John Maust 

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Features 

Our Dad, Our Pastor 4 

by Roger Stogsdill and Given Stogsdill McKinney 

A tribute to the late Rev. Clarence Stogsdill by his son and daughter. 

Is Your Life Missing Something? by Kenneth Sullivan 5 

In order to experience the blessings of God, we need to meet His 
conditions. 

Florence Newberry Gribble: Brethren Missionary Physician 6 

by Julia Flora and Richard Winfield 

An overview of the life of a remarkable Brethren missionary pioneer on 

the 50th anniversary of her death. 

Living The Lord's Prayer by Bill D. Hallsted 8 

If we mean what we say when we pray The Lord's Prayer, it will affect 
our attitudes and our actions. 

The Other Brethren: The Church of the Brethren 10 

by William G. Willoughby 

Final article in a series on the four main groups that share a common 

heritage with The Brethren Church. 

Special Section General Conference Preview 

Moderator Marlin McCann; Other Special Events 13 

AuxiHary Sessions; Workshops 14 

General Conference Business; Promise for the Future 15 

Nominees for GCEC; Important Reminders 16 



Departments 

Developing a Global Vision 2 

by John Maust 

Cartoon 3 



Update 17 

Children's Page 21 

by Jackie Rhoades 

From the Grape Vine 23 



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July/August 1992 



Our Dad, Our Pastor 



A tribute to Rev. Clarence Stogsdill, 
by Roger Stogsdill and Gwen Stogsdill McKinney. 



MOST OF YOU knew our dad as 
a pastor. He was our dad, but 
he was our pastor, too. 

Because of his ministry, we saw 
him differently from the way many 
children see their fathers. We saw 
him in all of his glory, doing his 
work and doing it exceedingly well. 
We saw people's lives changed in 
profound ways by our dad. We saw 
him perform weddings and preach 
comforting and beautiful funeral 
services. We truly saw him in action 
on a daily basis! 

Although some P.K.'s (that's 
preachers' kids, for those of you who 
don't know) resent their father's 



Rev. Clarence Stogsdill died sud- 
denly of a heart attack on Tuesday 
evening. May 26, at the age of 69. 
{His obituary appeared in the June 
Evangelist.) 

This tribute to Rev. Stogsdill was 
written by his children — Gwen (Mc- 
Kinney) and Roger — and was read 
at his funeral service by Rev. Bill Cur- 
tis. At the suggestion of several who 
heard it, Roger and Gwen submitted 
the tribute to the editor of the Evan- 
gelist. 

Clarence Stogsdill (or "Stogy," as 
he was affectionately known) was 
loved and respected throughout The 
Brethren Church by those who knew 
him. But how was he regarded by his 
own children? 

Some men who are held in high 
esteem by the public are not so re- 
garded by their children, because 
their privates lives do not measure up 
to their public image. This was not 
the case with brother Stogsdill, as 
this tribute reveals. 

Not only did these children love and 
admire their father, but Roger followed 
in his father's footsteps by himself be- 
coming a Brethren pastor. He current- 
ly serves the Northgate Brethren 
Church in Manteca, Calif. Gwen, 
likewise, is an active church member, 
serving in the Christ Community 
Church in Tucson, Ariz. 



occupation, we enjoyed it. We met 
wonderful people; we saw people 
show love to him because of his job 
and, of course, because of himself; 
and we lived in four different states. 

Probably the reason we didn't 
mind being P.K.'s was because of the 
kind of dad he was. He didn't tell us 
to "set a great example"; he didn't 
forbid us to express doubts. He 
wanted us to question our faith so 
that in finding the answers, we 
would be solid in our beliefs — and 
such we are. 

On the lighter side, if you ever 
thought your father preached to 
you, you don't know the half of it. 
Our dad preached to us from a real 
pulpit. It's pretty serious seeing your 
father shout and wave his finger at 
a congregation! Those words went 
straight to our hearts, and believe us 
— we ate our vegetables! 

We were the only kids at church 
camp whose dad was there every 
single yearl How much trouble can 
you make under those circum- 



stances? Gwen says, "I did manage 
to hold hands with Scott [who sev- 
eral years later became her husband] 
for the first time after campfire at 
church camp when I was 13." And 
Roger actually got away with knock- 
ing down the Crusader girls' tents! 

The gift of a sense of humor 

Except for leading us to faith, the 
greatest gift Dad gave us was a sense 
of humor. Our house was filled with 
laughter. He did a chimpanzee act 
for Gwen's high school friends com- 
plete with screeches, jumping up 
and down, clapping his hands, and 
grooming himself monkey style. Per- 
haps this gave birth to Martheni and 
Blueford, the old lady and old man 
characters that Gwen and Scott por- 
tray, whom many of you have seen 
so often. Dad may even have wanted 
them here today. 

One of Dad's special jokes with 
Roger was during camp. It involved 
his ability to pitch some pretty mean 
Softball. Roger would catch, and Dad 




An informal photograph of Clarence and Dons Stogsdill taken in 19S8. 

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would pitch nice, smooth, easy 
pitches to the girls and litde guys. 
But when a big, tough guy got up to 
bat, Dad would wink at Roger and 
burn one in. What a suqjrise that 
gave the tough guy! 

Dad had a special relationship 
with Seth and Ryan (Gwen's two 
children) based on jokes. He would 
call and tell them his latest joke and 
enjoy their laughter, prompting him 
to come out with more. Some of the 
fun we had was at the expense of his 
own name. He never liked the name 
"Clarence." He often said he must 
have been an ugly baby for his par- 
ents to have looked at him and said, 
"This is a Clarence." 

His final joke we believe you would 
appreciate. When Gwen saw him in 
the emergency room at St. Joseph's 
Hospital on Tuesday night, he was 
doing well and had recovered from 
an episode of heart arrythmia that 
caused him to pass out. He de- 
scribed it this way, "I woke up and 
your mother was yelling at me." His 
eyes twinkled and he winked and said, 
"So I knew I wasn't in heaven yet." 
Then he giinned lovingly at her. 

Roger, Gwen, Scott, and Kim 
(Roger's wife) took great pleasure in 



laughing about Dad's funny quirk of 
collecting gadgets. The man owned 
12 calculators, 11 electronic spell- 
checkers, 10 chromatic harmonicas, 
9 Gibson guitars, 8 Nikon cameras, 
7 Seth Thomas clocks, 6 car com- 
passes, 5 typewriters, 4 ringing tele- 
phones, 3 worn out bikes, 2 comput- 
er disk drives, but no partridge in a 
pear tree. 

Of course. Mom was there par- 
ticipating in all of this. Sometimes 
she was the good-natured brunt of 
our silliness. Music isn't her gift, and 
we all loved music, so we would 
tease her about not knowing "The 
Old Rugged Cross" from "Mares Eat 
Oats and Does Eat Oats." She 
laughed with us. 

A happy marriage 

Our dad's love for our mother was 
a precious gift. Someone wrote that 
the surest way to have a happy mar- 
riage is to have parents who had a 
happy marriage. Ours did! We saw 
them show love to each other in spe- 
cial ways — through touches, looks, 
laughter, tears, and prayer. Some of 
Dad's last words were expressions of 
love and admiration for Mom's cool 
handling of the way she got the para- 



medics to the house and him to the 
hospital. And his very final words to 
us were an expression of concern for 
our safety in getting to the hospital 
parking lot and driving home. litde 
did he know that we once again 
would make that trip under more 
dangerous circumstances.* 

Dad performed our wedding cere- 
monies with just a slight catch in his 
throat. How can your marriage not 
be blessed under those circumstances? 

Dad had a couple of bypass sur- 
geries, which he used as illustrations 
of spiritual matters. He found illus- 
ti-ations in nearly everytliing. He joked 
that his first operation was his brain 
bypass. His second was a heart by- 
pass. His next would be a body by- 
pass. Although he was joking, he was 
serious, too. We got the message. 

Dad, we love you, and we miss you. 
But we celebrate your joy in your 
new body and your presence with 
the Lord Jesus Christ. We'll see you 
there someday. [f] 

'When Gwen and her mother arrived 
home, the phone was ringing. It was a 
call from the hospital asking them to 
return. They rushed back to the hospital 
only to find that Clarence had already 
passed away. 



Is Your Life Missing Something? 

Third in a series of five articles on worship — by Kenneth Sullivan. 



THE BIBLE is filled with the promises and blessing 
of God. Yet, do you ever feel you are missing out? 

There is a promise in Isaiah 58:14 (Niv) that says, 
"'. . . I will cause you to ride on the heights of the 
land and to feast on the inheritance of your father 
Jacob.' The mouth of the Lord has spoken." God is 
promising to bring honor and prosperity to His 
people. Have you any sense of this experience? 

There is a condition to this promise. In verse 13 
we are told, "If you keep your feet from breaking the 
Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day 
. . . ." The fulfillment of this promise is directly con- 
nected to our observance of the Sabbath; in other 
words, honoring God's principle of rest and worship 
every seventh day. 

If you seem to be missing something in life, check 
your schedule. Do you take time on Sunday to honor 

Rev. Sullivan is pastor of the Milledgeville, III., Breth- 
ren Church. This series of articles was first printed in the 
Milledgeville Church's newsletter and is being reprinted 
in the EVANGELIST at the request of the Worship Com- 
mission of The Brethren Church. 



God by your presence in worship? Are Simdays a 
time to exclude your own self-serving interests in 
order to experience the blessings that God wants to 
provide for you? Henry Whitney Bellows wrote, "1 
have never known a man, who habitually and on prin- 
ciple absented himself from the public worship of 
God, who did not sooner or later bring sorrow upon 
himself or his family." 

The story is told of an outcast of the streets who 
stole the picture of a dainty girl from a gallery and 
hung it on the wall of his squalid apartment. For the 
first time in his neglected life, eyes of interest and of 
beauty seemed to rest upon him. Those eyes so 
worked on his hidden nature as to wean him from his 
brutish habits. 

Great is the mystery of godliness and of worship. 
We are to put ourselves under the spell of a Real 
Presence who can draw us into His own likeness and 
magnetize us witli His own Spirit, according to the 
workings whereby He is able to subdue all tilings unto 
Himself Come to this living Stone, this Headstone, 
this Lovestone, and under His magnetism be caught 
up into His fellowship, service, and blessing. [f] 



July/August 1992 



Florence Newberry Gribble: 
Brethren Missionary Physician 

An overview of the life of this remarkable Brethren missionary pioneer on 
the 50th anniversary of her death, by Julia Flora and Richard Winfield. 



FIFTY YEARS AGO, on 
March 3, 1942, Brethren 
missionary physician Dr. 
Florence Newberry Gribble 
passed from this life. Though 
little known by Brethren 
today, her faithful service to 
her Master during more than 
30 years in Africa has left us a 
rich legacy. 

Her early life reads like a 
chapter- fioni LiUle House on the 
Prairie. Florence Alma Newbeny 
was boin December 3, 1879, in 
Louisville, Nebraska, the daugh- 
ter of Joseph and Saphronea 
Newbeny. When she was nine, 
her family moved by covered 
wagon to Kit Carson County, 
Colorado. There they built and 
lived in a sod house. 

When Florence was 12, her 
parents sent her to live with her 
aunt and grandmother in La 




James and Florence Gribble, 
shortly after their wedding in 1913. 
Reproduced from Stranger Than Fiction, © Foreign Mission- 
ary Society of the Grace Brethren Church; used by permission. 



Moillc, Illinois. There she continued 
her schooling, which she had begun 
in Colorado. At the age of 16 she 
graduated from high school, at the 
top of her class. 

Steps to conversion 

Florence had not been born into 
a Christian home. Her father, a 
lawyer, was a skeptic who taught his 
children that Jesus Christ was a myth 
and that belief in Him was to be 
strictly avoided. Her mother, though 
having "an inner longing that her 
children might know and love the 
One in Whom she intellectually 
believed," was also not a Christian. 

During her early years, Florence 
al tended various church services and 

Mrs. Flora is a member of the Ash- 
land Park Street Brethren Church and 
works as a librarian at Ashland Theo- 
logical Seminary. 

Mr. Winfield is editor of the Evan- 

GEUST. 



revival meetings and was on the 
brink of salvation several times. But 
it was not until she was 19 that she 
became a Christian. While scrubbing 
the kitchen floor, she was pondering 
Acts 16:31. Finally the truth of that 
passage came home to her, and she 
turned her life over to Jesus Christ. 
That same day she led both her 
mother, who was now living in La 
Moille, and one of her sisters to 
saving faith in Christ. 

A clear call to mission service 

During the summer following her 
conversion, Florence attended a Stu- 
dent Volunteer Convention in Rock- 
ford, 111. There she offered her life 
anew to the Lord and promised to 
go wherever He might send her. 

Sometime later she began having a 
vision. She saw black [people falling 
over a high cliff, ciying, "Come! Come 
and help us!" Night after night the 
vision was repeated, until she sought 
the Lord to know its meaning. 



The meaning soon became 
clear to her. The black people 
were Africans. Tliey were in need 
of both spiritual and physical 
help. And God was calling her to 
Africa as a medical missionaiy. 

Off to medical school 

She immediately made plans 
to give up teaching school, which 
she had been doing since she 
was 17, and she applied to a 
medical school in Chicago. She 
was accepted at the Chicago 
Homeopathic College, later to 
become part of Hahnemann 
Medical College. She was one of 
the first three women admitted 
to the school. Though the three 
were given a hard time at first by 
the men students, who did not 
think it appropriate for women 
to study medicine, they eventual- 
ly gained acceptance. 
Florence did quite well in her 
studies. Finances, however, were a 
pioblem. During the first summer 
break, she worked for a time as a 
private nurse and in a hospital. Then 
she got what she thought was to be 
a temporaiy job as a nurse at a Found- 
lings' Home. She ended up working 
there three years, not just during the 
summer months, but part time dur- 
ing the school year as well. Thus she 
not only earned the money she 
needed to pay for her medical train- 
ing, but she also gained "experience 
which was to be a marvelous aid to 
her future work on die mission field." 
Following graduation from medi- 
cal college in 1906, Dr. Newbeny, as 
she had now become, practiced 
medicine in Chicago for two years to 
gain experience. She worked par- 
ticularly with women and among the 
poor. Keeping in mind her call to 
missions, she also took a term of 
study at Moody Bible Institute. 
There she learned about the Africa 

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Inland Mission, which sent mission- 
aries to British East Africa (Kenya). 
She applied and was accepted. 

On Saturday, October 31, 1908, 
she and several other missionaries 
set sail for Africa. Among the others 
was a Brethren missionary named 
James Gribble, who, like Florence, 
was making his first tiip to Africa. 
The two had met in New York just a 
day or two earlier, and James had 
fallen "desperately, hopelessly in 
love" with Florence. The friendship 
which developed between them was 
a happy part of the sea voyage. The 
terrible sea sickness Florence ex- 
perienced was the negative side. 

First term of mission service 

In Kenya, Florence served for ap- 
proximately three and one-half years 
at the Kijabe mission station among 
the Kikuyu people, hi addition to 
operating a dispensary at the station, 
she visited the surrounding villages, 
tending the sick in their homes and 
the dying in the jungle. The sujiersti- 
tion of the tribe forbade that anyone 
should die in a hut, so the sick were 
taken into the jungle when death 
seemed imminent. She often walked 
as many as 15 miles a day minister- 
ing to those in need. 

James Gribble was in charge of the 
"industrial" work at Kijabe, which in- 
cluded among other tasks operating 
a sawmill and doing surveying. His 
love for Florence continued, and in 
time he proposed to her, much to her 
surprise! She rejected the proposal. 

In April I9I2 Florence was sent as 
part of a pioneer party to a new mis- 
sion station in the Belgian Congo 
(now Zaire). This did not go well. 
They were delayed in reaching their 
destination by war, were forced to 
live in temporary quarters, did not 
have adequate help, and soon suc- 
cumbed to malaria. 



Transportation Problems 

Because of the distances she 
needed to travel while at Kijabe sta- 
tion, Florence procured a mule to 
ride. She named the mule Theodore 
Roosevelt and called him "Teddy" for 
short — in honor of the ex-president, 
who visited the Kijabe station. But 
because Teddy" was a treacherous 
beast prone to throw his rider, he 
was soon replaced by a gentler mule 
named Koli. Koli's only fault was that 
she was hard to catch when needed. 



James had not gone with the party, 
for his services weie still needed at 
Kijabe. After six months, however, 
he was able to join Florence and the 
others in the Belgian Congo. He was 
soon instrumental in moving the 
group to a more hospitable location. 

James soon renewed his overtures 
to Florence, which she continued to 
resist. In time, however, the Lord 
changed her heart, and in early Jan- 
uary of 1913 they became engaged. 
On August 12 of that same year they 
were married at the mission station. 

Some time later the two of them 
made an evangelistic trip to the 
remote areas of the region, during 
which Florence became seriously ill. 
With great difficulty her young hus- 
band Wiis able to get her to a mission 
hospital at Kampala in Uganda. 
There she underwent two separate 
surgeries and a three-month period 
of recovery. 

When the time for their departure 
came, the doctor took James aside 
and said, "Young man, take your 
wife home, and never presume to 
bring her to the tropics again." It 
was the first of many times that 
Florence was advised by various 
physicians to give up the work on 
the mission field. 

In this case, at least, they did obey 
the doctor's orders to the extent that 
they started for the United States on 
furlough. They arrived home in Jan- 
uary of 19 1 5, after an absence of 
more than six years. During this fur- 
lough, their first and only child. Mar- 
guerite, was born — on October 29, 
1915, at Hahnemann Hospital, where 
Florence had graduated nine years 
earlier. 

A new mission field 

During James Cribble's service in 
Kenya and the Belgian Congo, he 
had become burdened for the 
unevangelized peoples in central 
Africa. His marriage to Florence had 
strengthened that call. Through reg- 
ular corre.spondetice with Dr. Louis 
S. Bauman, secretary of the Foreign 
Missionai-y Society of the Brethren 
Church, he was successful in gaining 
support for such a venture. 

At the 1914 General Conference 
the Foreign Missionary Society had 
presented a resolution asking for the 
approval of Africa as a field for mis- 
sionary endeavor and for approval 
of the Cribbles as missionaries to 



the African field. The resolution was 
passed. 

Thus when the Cribbles would 
return to Africa, they would go as 
missionaries of Tlie Brethren Church, 
not with the Africa Inland Mission. 
And they would return not to the 
Belgian Congo, but to an area of 
French Equatorial Africa known as 
the Oubangui-Chari region (later to 
become the Centi-al Afiican Republic). 

But their departine for this new 
mission field was delayed. Because 
of the need to mold a spirit of 
mission-mindedness throughout the 
church as well as the fact that World 
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A Woman of Faith 

Florence Newberry Gribble was a 
woman of great faith who took her 
needs to the Lord and trusted Him to 
provide. In her autobiography, 
Stranger Than Fiction, subtitled A 
Partial Record of Answered Prayer in 
the Life of Dr. Florence N. Gribble, 
she recorded numerous examples of 
the Lord's provision. Here are but 
two of them: 

On the Friday before she was to 
take the final examinations at medi- 
cal school, Florence still owed $13 in 
tuition (a sizable sum in 1906!). No 
student could take the exams whose 
tuition was unpaid. She made this a 
matter of prayer, but told no one else 
of her need. That evening her aunt 
and uncle visited her, bringing a box 
of candy as an early graduation pres- 
ent. When they left, Florence dis- 
covered that the box also contained 
four five-dollar bills. Early f\/1onday 
morning she hurried to the dean's of- 
fice to pay the rest of her tuition 
before the exams, only to learn that 
a friend had come in the previous 
week and had paid the balance due. 

Two years later, as she prepared 
to sail to Africa for her first term of 
mission service, she traveled to New 
York (the port of departure) without 
enough money to pay her fare. (Africa 
Inland tvlission was a faith mission, 
meaning that missionaries were respon- 
sible tor raising their own support.) In 
New York, she went to a service of 
the Africa Inland Mission in Brooklyn, 
at which she spoke briefly (but did 
not reveal her need). At the close of 
the service, a stranger handed her 
an envelope, saying that he felt led to 
give it to her. When she opened the 
envelope, she discovered that it con- 
tained just enough money to cover 
the balance she needed to pay her 
way to her mission station. 



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Living The 
ord's Prayer 



by BiU D. Hallsted 



SHE didn't really swear. I knew 
that she did not intend to pro- 
fane the name of God. It was just 
an expression. She was talking to 
a friend on the telephone. In re- 
sponse to something her friend said, 
she giggled, "O God!" 

When the conversation ended, I 
talked with her. I asked her if she 
remembered The Lx)rd's Prayer and 
the way it started. She recited 
with ease: 

"Oior Father who art in heaven. 
Hallowed be thy name." 

I asked her, "Do you understand 
what that means? His name is spe- 
cial, because He is God. His name 
is holy, because He is holy. We need 
to keep it holy. 

"When you use His name in 
anger, you make His name spiteful 
and base and vile. I know you 
didn't do that. But when you use 
his name carelessly, without even 
thinking, you also profane it. If you 
make the name of God no better 
than a giggle or an 'O wow!' that's 
profanity." 



She was older now. She found it 
harder than it used to be to do 
what is right. This time it was a 
particularly difficult struggle. I 
was certain she was about to make 
the wrong choice. 

As she wrestled with her de- 
cision, she used every rationaliza- 
tion a young girl could muster. But 
it never came out quite the way 
she wanted. In spite of that, she 
was determined. Finally, she said, 
"Well, I know it's probably wrong, 
but it's what I want to do." 

I reminded her of that prayer 

Mr. Hallsted is a free-lance writer 
who lives in Griffith, Ind. 



again. "Do you remember the part 
that starts. Thy kingdom come? 
What comes next?" 

Reluctantly she parroted the 
words: 

"Thy will be done, 
On earth as it is in heaven." 

"Do you understand what you're 
asking? You're asking God to cause 
His will to be done on earth just as 
fully and completely as the angels 
of heaven do His will there. How 
can you ask him to do that, if 
you're going to deliberately refuse 
to do His will in your own life? If 
you really want His will to be done 
on earth, it has to begin in you." 



It wasn't time for her to start 
worrying about college yet, but she 
was worrying anyway. "What if I 
can't go to college at all? What if 
you don't have enough money to 
help? What if I can't get a scholar- 
ship? What if I can't get a student 
loan? What if . . . ?" 

It was time to remind her of that 
prayer. "Wait a minute! For how 
far ahead does The Lord's Prayer 
ask security?" 

"I don't understand what you 
mean. In that prayer we just say. 
Give us this day our daily bread." 

"Exactly! That's what I mean. 
Over and over God has promised 
that He will supply all our needs. 
But He will supply our needs for 
today, not for someday. Do you 
need anything you don't have for 
today?" 

"No, but I don't know what's go- 
ing to happen between now and 
when I want to go to college." 

"You don't need to know. Don't 
you see? All we need to ask is that 
He meet our needs today. We can 
plan, and we can prepare. But when 



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we begin to fret and worry, we're 
asking for next year's bread, not 
for today's. Trust Him. When it's 
time, what you need will be there." 



The door slammed behind her 
with an impact that rattled the 
windows. She stamped into the 
front room, fists clenched against 
her sides. "I'm never going to 
speak to her again as long as I 
live!" 

"What's the problem?" 

She named her best friend, but 
she spit the name out as though it 
were some loathsome disease. "She 
got Eric to ask her to the prom, 
and she knew very well I wanted 
him to ask me. She just deliberate- 
ly coaxed him into asking her! He 
didn't even want to! She just did it 
because she knew I wanted him to 
ask me! I'm never, ever going to 
speak to her again!" 

It was time to remember that 
prayer again. "Do you remember 
the time you kept quietly badger- 
ing your brother until he hit you? 
Then he got spanked, because you 
made sure nobody could hear you 
badgering him?" 

"Which time?" 

"Take your pick." 

"What's that got to do with this?" 

"Everything. Did he forgive you?" 

"I'm not sure. I suppose." 

"Did God forgive you?" 

"Of course. God always forgives." 

"But remember what that prayer 
says: 

"Forgive us our debts, 
As we forgive our debtors." 

"That means we ask Him to for- 
give us in exactly the same way 
we're willing to forgive someone 
else. We're asking Him to treat us 
as we treat others. If we want Him 

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to forgive the things for which we 
don't deserve to be forgiven, we 
must forgive others even when 
they don't deserve it." 



Promises flowed across her teeth 
like water over rocks in a stream 
bed. "But everybody's going to be 
there! I know there will probably 
be drinking and stuff, but you can 
trust me! I have enough sense not 
to get involved in all that. I can go 
and have fun and be part of the 
bunch without doing what every- 
one else is doing." 

That prayer came back again. I 



recited part of it, out loud, for her. 

"Lead us not into temptation, 
But deliver us from evil." 

She bristled at once. "I can hand- 
le the temptation." 

"Maybe, but that's not the point," 
I corrected. "You have prayed count- 
less times for God not to lead you 
where you'll be tempted. How can 
you pray that, then deliberately 
lead yourself into the temptation?" 



I watched her grow and develop 
and become strong. I saw the effect 
that prayer had in her life as she 
became a beautiful young lady, a 



wife, and a mother. That prayer 
was always there. 

I knew with joy that she was teach- 
ing it now to her own children, and 
that it would be there to shape and 
mold and guide them as they 
experienced the same needs and 
fears and temptations. 

As I saw its effect on her life, its 

closing words sang a paean of 

praise to God who answers prayer: 

Thine is the kingdom 

And the power 

And the glory 

Forever! 

Amen. 

Amen! [t] 



Florence Gribble 

(continued from page 7) 
War I was in progress, it was three 
years before the Cribbles could 
return to Africa. During tliis time, at 
the Ohio District Conference of 
1917, Florence was ordained. 

Finally, on January 8, 1918, this lit- 
tle family and two single missionary 
women set sail for the new mission 
field. Perhaps this delay was in- 
tended to teach them patience for 
that which lay ahead; after reaching 
Africa, they had to wait two more 
years before they were given permis- 
sion by the French government to 
enter Oubangui-Chari. 

Using their time wisely 

Tlieir time of waiting, however, was 
not spent in idleness. They spent it 
learning the language, preaching in 
the villages of the area where they 
were waiting, and in evangelism. 

While they were at a place called 
Carnot, the government official 
there loaned the women mission- 
aries his horses, so that they could 
get some exercise. They did exercise, 
but they also used the horses on 
their preaching missions to carry 
them to far more distant villages 
than they could reach on foot. 

When the official learned what 
was going on, he reprimanded the 
women for using the horses for 
other than his intended purpose. He 
told them them they could continue 
to keep the horses if they would 
simply desist from preaching. The 
horses were returned at once! 

During this period of waiting, 
Florence again became ill. Due to 
her illness, the need to return Mar- 

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guerite to the U.S. so that she could 
be placed in a school, and the desire 
to recruit more missionaries for the 
work in Africa, the Ciibbles decided 
that Florence and Maiguerite should 
return to the U.S. Little did they 
know when they departed that it 
would be the last time Margtaerite 
would see her father. 

During the voyage home and the 
early weeks in the U.S., Florence's 
health improved. She then pro- 
ceeded to make arrangements for 
Marguerite. She was put in the care 
of Mr. and Mrs. John Weed of Sunny- 
side, Washington. She would live 
with them for most of the remainder 
of her childhood years, only seeing 
her mother during her furloughs. 

Having accomplished two of her 
objectives, regaining her health and 
providing for Marguerite and her 
schooling, Florence now set about 
fulfilling the third goal of her fur- 
lough — recruiting missionaries to 
help in the African work. As a result 
of her appeals throughout the church, 
many responded, of whom six ulti- 
mately made it to the field. 

Return to Africa 

Her purposes accomplished, Flor- 
ence again set sail for Africa — on 
September 14, 1922, one year to the 
day from the date of her departure 
from the mission field. She reached 
the African coast on November 21, 
and on December 21 was reunited 
with her husband. During her time 
of absence, he had finally been able 
to enter Oubangui-Chari and had es- 
tablished the beginnings of a mis- 
sion station at a place called Bassai. 
Florence now joined him in the 
work there. 



The coujjle's time together, how- 
ever, was to be short. During the 
time of their separation, James' 
health had gradually deteriorated. 
Shortly after Florence's return, he 
learned that additional missionaries 
would soon be coming, and he 
redoubled his efforts at building. 
This work was too much for his frail 
strength, and in his weakened condi- 
tion, he succumbed to "black-water 
fever." On June 4, 1923, he died. 

Final years of service 

Following her husband's death, 
Florence stayed in Africa to con- 
tinue the work, along with other mis- 
sionaries who were arriving on the 
field. She continued her medical 
work, and also served as a teacher. 
In time, she was able to open a clinic 
for lepers. Except for furloughs 
(dining which she was able to spend 
some time with Marguerite), she 
remained in Africa for the rest of 
her life. 

In 1941 Marguerite and her hus- 
band, Harold Dunning, joined Mar- 
guerite's mother as missionaries in 
Africa. Later that year, Florence wit- 
nessed the birth of her first grand- 
child, Marguerite Ruth Dunning. 

The following year, however, 
Florence's health began to fail, and 
on March 3, 1942, she died of fever. 
She was buried in the land of her 
calling, beside her husband, at the 
Bassai mission station. [f] 

As a result of the efforts of numerous 
missionaries and national workers, the 
church the Gribbles helped to begin now 
has approximately 600 local congregations 
and more than 145,000 members. At the 
time of the division in 1939—40, mission 
work in the Central African Republic 
went with the Grace Brethren Church. 



The Other Brethren: 

The Church of the Brethren 

Final article in a series by William G. WiUoughby on the four main groups that 
share a common heritage with The Brethren Church and wliich, along with Tlie 
Brethren Church, will participate in a Brethren World Assembly July 15-18, 1992. 



MY GRANDFATHER was 22 
years old when the "Old Order 
Brethren" in 1881 established their 
own denominational identity as Old 
German Baptist lirethicn. He was 24 
when rite Brethren Church was or- 
ganized in 1883 at Dayton, Ohio. 

In his lifetime (he died in 1949), 
the Church of the Brethren as a 
whole changed more rapidly and 
more extensively perhaps than any 
other denomination in America. Yet 
some congregations, especially in 
Pennsylvania, changed very little. Ex- 
cept for their loyalty to the Chinch 
of the Brethren Annual Meeting, they 
were hardly distinguishable from the 
Old German Baptist Brethren. 

Unity with diversity 

Perhaps the splits of 1881-83 
taught the church a painful but valu- 
able lesson — that the unity of the 
church can be maintained only if 
diversity (within limits) is respected. 
It would be hai'd to imagine a great- 
er contrast than that between some 
urban congregations and some rural 
congregations in the Church of the 
Brethren today, or between the 
Brethren Revival Fellowship (a con- 
servative group that encourages such 
]:)ractices as the wearing of the 
prayer covering), and the Womaen's 
[sic] Caucus (a group that works for 

Dr. WiUoughby is a Church of the 
Brethren educator, theologian, and his- 
torian who lives in La Verne, Calif. 

The first three articles in this series 
were written for Messenger, the Church 
of the Brethren magazine, and were 
shared with the EVANGELIST editor by 
the editor of that publication. This 
final article in the series was written by 
Dr. WiUoughby for the Evangelist. 

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equality in the denomination). Yet 
the church is still one. 

The Church of the Brethren in 
practice, worship, and basic Chris- 
tian beliefs is very similar to The 
Brethren Church. Trine immersion, 
anointing, the full Love Feast, the 
centrality of Christ, a strong biblical 
emphasis, and much more are com- 
mon to both denominations. There 
are significant differences, but they 
are no greater, perhaps, than dif- 
ferences within congregations of the 
Chinch of the lirethren. 

Today, with headc]uarters at Elgin, 
111., the approximately 150,000 mem- 
bers of the Church of the Brethren 
express their Christian witness 
through more than a thousand con- 
gregations, 24 districts, 34 camps, 25 
retirement communities, and seven 
institutions of higher education. 

The denomination oversees the 
operation of the Service Center at 
New Windsor, Md., several SERRV 
stores (which sell the crafts and 
products of people in refugee camps 
and underdeveloped countries), an 
office in Washington, D.C., and an 
office in Geneva, Switzerland. 
Refugee/Disaster Services, extensive 
overseas aid programs, and the On 
Earth Peace Assembly are head- 
quartered at New Windsor, Md. 

Dynamic movements 

To understand the Church of the 
Brethren today, is is necessary to be 
aware of some of the dynamic move- 
ments in its develo[)mcnt during this 
ccntui^. 

One of tlie areas of most rapid 
change was that of traditional prac- 
tices. Pictures of Annual Conference 
in the twenties and later in the for- 
ties show the quickness with which 



Brethren shed dieir distinctive garb. 
Als(3 during diis period choirs were 
formed and robed, pulpits installed, 
organs bought, new church build- 
ings with steeples constructed, and 
worship centers with crosses placed 
in sanctuaries. 

Another dynamic movement in 
the church was the eagerness with 
which many Brethren leaders em- 
braced cooperative efforts with other 
denominations in the twenties and 
thirties — Sunday school a.ssociations, 
local councils of churches, coopera- 
tive efforts to oppose repeal of the 
18th amendment, etc. In 1941 
Annual Conference voted to accept 
membership in the Federal Council 
of Churches and later the World 
Coimcil of Chinches. In doing this 
the leaders of the church sincerely 
believed that they were being guided 
by the Holy Spirit to help overcome 
the animosity and discord which 
fractiue the Body of Christ. 

Anabaptist-Pietistic identity 

This movement took a sharp turn 
in 1966 when the Louisville Annual 
Conference rejected a proposal to 
participate fully in the Consultation 
on Church Union (COCU). In that 
decision, the church decided that it 
could best participate in ecumenical 
Christianity by maintaining its own 
identity as an Anabaptist-Pietistic 
denomination rather than by mov- 
ing toward possible union with other 
"mainline" denominations. 

But the ecimienical spirit remains 
strong. Today there are at least 45 
ministers serving in cooperative 
church agencies or as chaplains. 
Brethren are active as leaders in 
many local and state (^oimcils of 
Churches, Church Women United, 

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the National Council of Churches, 
and the World Council of Churches. 
Another influential movement 
stimulating change was the enthusi- 
astic embracing of higher education, 
in spite of the traditional suspicion 
of education by a large proportion 
of the membership. In every case the 
various colleges were established 
with the avowed purpose of helping 
to protect young people of the church 
from the "corrupting" influences of 
the world. Yet each college in its 
own way became a significant agent 
of change, whether for good or for 
ill, in the life of the church. 

Institutions of higher learning 

Similar to the pattern of Ashland 
College (established in 1878), from 
1883 to 1905 thirteen different "nor- 
mal schools" or colleges were begun, 
of which six colleges and a seminary 
remain. They are (with date of 
founding): Juniata College, Himting- 
ton. Pa. (1876); Bridgewater College, 
Bridgewater, Va. (1880); McPherson 
College, McPherson, Kans. (1887); 
Manchester College, North Manches- 
ter, In. (1889); University of La 
Verne, La Verne, CaliL (1891); 
Elizabethtown College, Elizabeth- 
town, Pa. (1900); Bethany Theologi- 
cal Seminaiy, Oak Brook, 111. (1905) 

In 1990-91 there were more than 
ten thousand full-time equivalent 
students attending Church of the 
Brethren educational institutions. 
The vast majority of these students 
are not Brethren. 

These colleges and the seminary 
have influenced the Church of the 
Brethren in several profound ways: 

First, they facilitated the church's 

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transition from the "free ministry" 
to a salaried, "set-apart" ministry. 
Most of the ministers and denomina- 
tional leaders of the church have 
been products of the colleges and 
the seminary. 

Secondly, they provided leader- 
ship in biblical interpretation and 
theological understanding, so that 
the church weathered the "Funda- 
mentalist-Modernist" controversy of 
the twenties and thirties quite well. 

As a result, the denomination is 
generally committed to a broader in- 
terpretation of the Bible rather than 
to a strictly literal one. Bridgewater 
College, for example, was the first 
church-related institution in the 
South that used evolution as a 
theoretical framework for its biology 
classes. In both the seminary and 
colleges the Bible is generally taught 
as the inspired word of God 
mediated through himian beings in 
a historical context. 

Thirdly, they provided the impetus 
for new programs and ventures. It 
was on the Manchester College cam- 
pus that the first initiatives were 
taken for a new program called 
Bretliren Volunteer Service and 
later for Brethren Colleges Abroad. 
For several decades almost all the 
moderators of Annual Conference 
were Brethren college presidents. 

The influence of Messenger 

Perhaps the most instrumental fac- 
tor for promoting change arid for 
maintaining the unity of the church 
was the denominational magazine 
Messenger and its predecessors. This 
resource provided the scattered 
Brethren news of their brothers and 



Photo by Kermon Thomasson. 

sisters and also served as a forum for 
dealing with issues as they arose in 
the life of the chinch. In addition. 
Brethren Press publishes Sunday 
school literature, devotional works, 
and books on Brethren histoiy. 

One change that my grandfather, 
progressive though he was, looked 
upon with a degree of disapproval 
was the authorization by Conference 
in 1922 for women to be licensed to 
preach. In 1958 conference ap- 
proved the ordination of women. 
Today about half the students at 
Bethany Theological Seminary are 
women. 

A rather recent development in 
the Church of the Brethren has been 
the change from a "Germanic-back- 
groimd," family interrelated denom- 
ination to one that is increasingly 
ethnically diverse. Today there are 
churches that are Korean, Black, 
Puerto Rican, and Mexican-Ameri- 
can. The first black moderator was 
elected in 1987. 

A shift in priorities 

Another amazing change has been 
the shift from a denomination pri- 
marily dedicated to taking care of its 
own to one involved heavily in evan- 
gelism, missions, social service, and 
social action. 

1. Evangelism: In the niid-19th 
century the church frowned on 
revival services and displays of emo- 
tion. In the late 19th and early 20th 
centuries, however, the church was 
strongly influenced by the revivalis- 
tic movements of that period. Con- 
gregations that did not have a 
"series of meetings" at least once a 
year were looked upon with some 

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"Conscious of the great diversity in the church, but 
with a deep sense of its unity in Christ, the Church 
of the Brethren today faces the future with a keen 
sense of its need for God's guidance and help." 



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suspicion. In the last 40 years, how- 
ever, there has been a noticeable 
lessening of such evangelistic efforts, 
with more emphasis put on member- 
ship classes and personal invitations. 

2. Missions: Since 1883 the 
Church of the Brethren has been 
very active in missions, both at home 
and overseas. It established missions 
in India in 1894, China in 1918, and 
Africa in 1922. 

During these years many genera- 
tions of students were involved in 
the Student Volunteer Movement 
and supported enthusiastically its 
goal of the "evangelization of the 
world in this generation," promising 
their Lord to go wherever I le wanted 
them to go. 

In the fifties, however, the phi- 
losophy of missions was modified to 
emphasize working with established 
Christian chinches in other coun- 
tries. The chinch encoiuaged the 
Bretliren in India and Africa to unite 
mth tlicir "national" churches. 

Recently, however there has been 
a renewed interest in overseas mis- 
sions, and the church is now con- 
templating the intentional planting 
of the Church of the Brethren in 
Korea, the Dominican Republic, and 
Brazil. 

3. Social service: One of the 
notable contributions of the church 
was to work with Mennonites, 
Quakers, and others to administer 
Civilian Public Sei^vice for conscien- 
tious objectors during the Second 
World War. About one in ten of the 
Brethren yoimg men drafted cho.se 
that course, while nine out of ten 
chose to go into the armed forces, 
many as non-combatants. 

During the Second World War the 
church also provided leadership in 
resettling Japanese-Americans in the 

12 



Middle West from "internment camps" 
in California. 

Expressions of Brethren initiatives 
in peacemaking included a program 
of International Christian Youth Ex- 
change, die Christian Rural Overseas 
Program (which developed later into 
Church World Sei-vice and CROP), 
and the Heifer Project — all of which 
arc now interdenominational. 

The most recent development is 
disaster child care, in which trained 
workers provide child care to the vic- 
tims of natmal disasters, while their 
parents try to put their lives back 
together. This, too, has now become 
interdenominational. 

4. Social action: Many members 
were active in the Emergency Peace 
Campaign of the late thirties, the 
civil rights movement of the sixties 
and the seventies, and the women's 
movement of the eighties. In all 
these and other such activities, the 
motivation was discipleship to Jesus 
with sincere attempts to obey His 
teachings, such as "blessed are the 
peacemakers," and to follow Him in 
helping to "set at liberty those who 
are oppressed." 

Responses to today's stresses 

Today the Church of the Brethren 
endeavors to remain faiUiful in its 
mission, but it feels unu.sual stresses 
from the diversity of its membership 
and from the fact that for a number 
of years membership has declined. 
There are varied responses to this 
situation. 

Some members would like the 
church to return to a more faithful 
expression of its Anabaptist-Pietistic 
heritage, cease its involvement in 
programs of social change, withdraw 
from active participation in the 
ecumenical movement, and "stop 



imitating the mainline churches." 

Others would like the church to be 
much more evangelical. They advo- 
cate a more literal interpretation of 
the Bible and a return to what they 
consider to be "sound Bible doc- 
trines and practices." They express 
their views through the Brethren 
Revival Fellowship. 

Still others would urge the church 
to adopt many of the methods used 
by television evangelists and "mega- 
churches." They propose the use of 
contemporary soft rock and musical 
instiiiments of various kinds. They 
also urge the utilization of modern 
programs of church growth to "give 
people what they want." 

Some would call on the church to 
take daring steps to apply the teach- 
ings of Christ to contemporary i.s- 
sues, such as treating AIDS patients 
with compassion and respect, accept- 
ing homosexual persons as equal 
brothers and sisters in the faith, 
using "inclusive language" in the 
worship services, and working 
toward a more equalitarian accept- 
ance of women and ethnic groups in 
the structures of the church and the 
colleges. 

Conscious of the great diversity in 
the chinch, but with a deep sense of 
its unity in Christ, die Church of the 
Brethren today faces the future with 
a keen sense of its need for God's 
guidance and help. Its mission state- 
ment, "Vision for die 90's," approved 
overwhelmingly by Annual Confer- 
ence, emphasizes a renewed commit- 
ment to evangelism and witness, to 
scripture and heritage, to the family 
and youth, to service and peace, and 
to spiritual renewal and ministry 
"for the equipping of the saints for 
the work of ministi-y, for building up 
the body of Christ." [f] 

The Brethren Evangelist 



Ji jyuhUcatiotv (fftkc "^rcthretv 'Wiman's Missionaru Souctu 




July-August 1992 



Volume 5, Number 6 



A TIME FOR EVERYTHING 

Text: There is a time for everything, and a season 
for every activity under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV) 



Time for everything? How can this 
be? 1 don't have time to read a book, 
clean my house, write a letter . . . and 
the list can go on, let alone the stuff I 
have to do. 

Our devotional studies this year 
have concentrated on time and how we 
use it. The verses in Ecclesiastes 3 pin- 
point a time for birth and death, pain 
and healing, sorrow and joy, friends 
and enemies, stability and change, 
grief and repentance, and conviction 
and purpose. Charlene Rowser in the 
October study commented, "In all this 
list there are only two things that may 
be said to be done generally by the dis- 
posal of God, and in which man can 
have but little influence: the time of 
birth, and the time of death. All the 
others are left to the option of man, 
though God continues to over-rule 
them by His providence." 

Since God gives us the gift of time, 
we make the choice of using this gift. 
We can choose to make time for those 
suffering in pain and sorrow, or to 
share joy or to help bring joy into 
another life. We decide if there will be 
time to spend with friends and those 
who could become our friends. 

What do you do with an enemy? Get- 
ting to know someone with different 
ideas or habits can frequently change 
them into friends. Corrie Ten Boom 
prayed for her guards and finally she 
was able to accept them as friends. All 
these actions of showing our love for 
God will take time, and time is what 
we have. It is how we use it that is the 
important decision. And, if we don't 
use our time wisely, it is gone and we 
are frustrated "because we don't have 
time!" 

In our present-day terminology, we 
may call this time management. And 
there are books, seminars, slogans, 
devices, and gimmicks to help us im- 
prove and be the best. When we don't 
"have time," the first thing that we 
usually give up is our personal devo- 
tions. We forget, Seek ye first the king- 
dom of God, and His righteousness; and 



all these things shall be added unto 
you (Matt. 6:33). 1 like to think that 
includes the ability to choose the next 
priority on my "To Do" list. But when 
I don't begin the day with the Lord, 
getting a foundation for the day, my 
schedule is disorganized and so am I. 

I become too much like Martha — 
busy with less important things. Then 
I remember Jesus' remark to Martha, 
One thing is needful, and Mary hath 
chosen that good part (Luke 10:42). 
Fellowship with the Lord! 

Time management. Priorities. To Do 
List. No matter what you call it, spend 
time with the Lord. He will carry your 
load and set you on the straight path. 

This poem from the March study is 
an appropriate guide for my next 24 
hours. 

Take Time 

Take time to live, it is the secret of 
success. 

Take time to think, it is the source of 
power. 

Take time to play, it is the secret of 
youth. 

Take time to read, it is the founda- 
tion of knowledge. 

Take time for friendship, it is the 
source of happiness, 

Take time for God, it is life's only 
lasting investment. 

Anonymous 



^fie chief end and 
duty of man is to 
Cove Qod and 
enjoy ^Him forever. 

Westminster Catechism 



CMissioyiay^ 
ijMscdlamj 

Colombia is the area of missionary 
emphasis in July and August; hence. 
Missionaries of the Month are Ken and 
Carolyn Solomon in Bogota. Ken is a 
pioneer missionary to Colombia, but 
this is Carolyn's first missionary ex- 
perience. The Solomons have been 
warmly welcomed to Bogota by the 
Brethren in their church centers and 
the neighbors. 

Their work is progressing well; all 
groups of citizens are interested in 
receiving the Gospel tracts. Prayers 
have been working! Becky Logan is a 
Crusader Intern and is working in 
Colombia this summer. For Becky, this 
is going home. She will work in both 
Bogota and Medellin with Solomons 
and Kerners. Her duties will be many, 
but will include youth ministry. Becky 
will be home in time for General Con- 
ference. 

Other Conference missionaries will 
be Ray and Marilyn Aspinall from Ar- 
gentina. Their three-month furlough 
begins in June. Pastor Jose Rivero, 
president of the Argentina Brethren 
Church, will also attend Conference. 

K. Prasanth Kumar was in Ashland 
briefly for the Ashland University 
Commencement in May. He received 
an honorary Doctor of Humanities de- 
gree from the University, in recogni- 
tion of his years of dedicated service to 
The Brethren Church as a pastor and 
church planter. All of us are thankful 
for the ministry in India of Prasanth 
and Nirmala! 

While Prasanth was in Ashland, he 
told me that Sunitha, their second 
oldest daughter, was being married 
the latter part of May. Her husband- 
to-be was a Christian young man, 
which was an answer to Prasanth and 
Nirmala's prayers. 

The Missionary Board banquet will 
be Tuesday evening, August 4, during 
General Conference week. This is a 
change in the usual schedule! Don't 
miss it! 

(continued on page 4) 



GENERAL CONFERENCE 
August 3 - 7, 1 992 Ashland, Ohio 



A SNEAK PREVIEW OF THE WMS CONFERENCE 



Conference is always a rewarding 
experience. I want to tell you just 
enough to whet your appetite so you 
will come, but not too much so you 
think that you know it all, and won't 
have to come. 

As Vice President, Helen Dickson 
has planned the programs using the 
theme, "Keep on Praying," based on 
Ephesians 6:17-18. Our meetings are 
in the Myers Convocation Center, as 
usual. This is the time schedule: 

Tuesday: 10:30-11:45 a.m.. The Act- 
ing President's message and the 
Memorial Service. 

Tuesday afternoon: 1:30—3:00. Elec- 
tion of officers. 

Wednesday: 12:00-2:30 p.m. The 
luncheon and Project offering in- 
gathering. Mary Borntrager will 
speak. She is the lady who spoke at 
the NE Ohio spring rally, and she is 
the author of DANIEL, one of our sug- 
gested reading books. Probably Mrs. 
Borntrager will autograph your book, 
also. 

Thursday: 10:30-11:45 a.m. Thank 
offering ingathering and installation of 
officers. 

Reservations are needed for the 
WMS luncheon Wednesday. The cost is 
$6.50; the cost for children under 12 is 
$4.00; and there is no cost for children 
under 5. Use the registration form in 
The Brethren Evangelist for your reser- 
vation. 

Sewing Coordinator, Joan Merrill, 
has an Amish-style quilt, queen size, 
that will be ready for quilting during 
Conference week. Bring your sharp 
needle and thimble, if you use them. 
The quilt, several tote bags, and a wall 
hanging will be auctioned off Friday 
morning. 

You have noticed that the Project 
Offering will be received Wednesday at 
the luncheon. This is the first year for 
funds for the girls' orphanage in India. 
Our usual amount toward a project is 
approximately $10,000. That is about 
one-third the cost of acquiring a build- 
ing for the girls. The officers would hope 
our offering will be about $15,000, one- 
half the cost! Which means we will need 
larger offerings. This year don't say, 
"Let's give the same as last year!" 

The Thank Offering, which will be 
received Thursday morning, is desig- 
nated for benevolences: the Ashland 
University scholarship for a Brethren 
girl; the Riverside Christian School at 
Lost Creek, Kentucky; the Campus 



Ministry at Ashland University; and 
world and home missions. Your dollars 
are your representative, going where 
you cannot be at all times. 

Offerings from the women's public 
worship services are given to Ashland 
Theological Seminary, and World 
Relief offerings are sent directly for 
that ministry. 

Especially since the Newsletter is in- 
cluded in The Brethren Evangelist, we 
have many readers who are not mem- 
bers of a missionary society. We wel- 
come you! If you want to give to the 
Indian girls' orphanage or to any of our 
benevolent funds, you may send your 
gift to the WMS financial secretary, 
Mrs. Robert (Joanne) Kroft, 608 Twp. 
Road 1151, RD 5, Ashland, OH 44805. 
And thanks! 




READING CIRCLE BOOKS 

When the Executive Committee met 
May 2, one of the items of business 
was to choose books for you to read 
this next year. The usual process is for 
several ladies to read a variety of 
books and make their comments; the 
best of their choices are recommended 
to the WMS officers. From perhaps 20 
choices, the following seven are sug- 
gested to you. The goal is for each 
member to read two books; however, 
you and I know that if we can read 
more than the minimum, we will be 
benefited more. 

The books are listed in categories, 
but you do not need to choose a book 
from each category. Choose those 
which will be helpful to you and your 
society. The resume of each book is 
given by Kathleen Mack, literature 
secretary. 

Christian Novels 

DANIEL by Mary Borntrager; $5.95. 
Very good book on Amish people. It 
can teach everyone to govern tongue 
and thought (James 3-6). Judge not 
that ye be not judged. Easy reading. 

THE COVENANT by Hilda Stahl; 
$9.99. A sweeping historical novel of 
one young woman's struggle to free 



herself in a coiantry divided by blood- 
shed. Very good reading. Large print. 

THEY CALLED HER MRS. DOC by 
Janette Oke; $6.99. The only daughter 
of a noted Montreal physician and 
educator, Cassandra Winston in- 
herited all the opportunities of eastern 
society and affluence. She marries a 
serious young doctor with an outstand- 
ing career before him. He discloses 
his intentions of doctoring in his 
hometown on the Western frontier, 
and she is filled with uncertainties. 
Dare she pray that it would only be 
temporary? 

Christian Concerns 

SO STICK A GERANIUM IN YOUR 
HAT AND BE HAPPY by Barbara 
Johnson; $8.99. A masterpiece of good 
advice with laughter, tears, and proof 
of God's love and care in all circum- 
stances. It is a must! 

Missions 

EVIDENCE NOT SEEN by Darlene 
Deibler Rose; $8.95. A true story of a 
young American missionary woman's 
courage and triumph of faith in the 
jungles of New Guinea. 

Early Christians 

MARK by Ellen G. Traylor; $4.95. 
The fascinating story of a man who 
saw it all — Jesus Christ, the early 
church, and the events that changed 
the world. Interesting and easy read- 
ing. 

Devotional 

WORDS THAT HURT, WORDS 
THAT HEAL by Carole Mayhall; 
$5.95. Instruction that will help you 
avoid the tongue's five most trouble- 
some slips. Easy study book. 



J^orJCyy, take a 

"tfianks^izHn^" Sreaf^ 

rather than a coffee Breaks 

at 10:00 and at 2:00. 



THE WOMAN'S OUTLOOK 
NEWSLETTER 

Published bimonthly in January, 
March, May, July, September, and 
November by the Woman's Missionary 
Society of The Brethren Church. 

Mrs. Dorman Ronk, Editor 

1325 Carriage Hill Court 

Ashland, Ohio 44805 

Subscription price, $7.50 per year in 
advance. 

Send all subscriptions to Mrs. Robert 
Kroft, 608 Twp. Road 1151, RD 5, Ash- 
land, OH 44805 

Woman's Outlook Newsletter 



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Both Ohio rallies 
were held April 25. 
r\x3 f Marceal Zinunerinan 

*^^ t from the Ashland 
Park Street Faith 
Circle reported from 
the Northeast Rally, 
for which the ladies at the Trinity 
Brethren Church in North Canton 
were hostesses. There were 63 ladies 
attending the rally; registration and 
continental breakfast were at 9:30. 
Thelmi Watkins and Arlene Heist 
played the piano and organ prelude, 
and Penny Howenstine extended the 
welcome and call to worship. 

Jeanne Thomas was the leader for 
the get-acquainted time and Kay Kline 
led a sing-along. Gail Workinger pre- 
sented the devotions. Special musical 
numbers during the day were a vocal 
solo "In Your Presence" by Kay and a 
trumpet solo, "Amazing Grace," by Joyce 
Lamb, accompanied by her mother, 
Addie. 

The theme for the day was "Be Not 
Conformed to this World," and was 
illustrated by the programs with a pic- 
ture of an Amish child on the cover 
and table decorations of Amish 
figurines and favors. 

The speaker, Mary Borntrager, 
presented an amusing, inspiring, and 
entertaining talk entitled "Amish 
Life," about her life — her childhood 
(one of 10 children), her marriage, and 
their journey from the Amish to the 
Mennonite faith, as they sought the 
truth of the Scripture with intensive 
Bible study. She also told about her 
writing, which she calls "faction," a 
combination of fact and fiction. Mrs. 
Borntrager now has over 300,000 
copies of her books in print. She is the 
author of Rachel, Ellie, Rebecca, and 
Daniel, some of the WMS reading 
books. 

Alberta Holsinger, the Ohio District 
president, previewed General Con- 
ference in Ashland (Augrust 4-6) and 
the Women's Retreat at Camp 
Bethany (October 2-3). Karen Little 
from Ashland Park Street Joy Circle 
will be the speaker. Next year's rally 
will be at the Walcrest Brethren 
Church on April 24. The Walcrest 
Society is being reactivated! 

The district project was an offering 
for Camp Bethany; at this rally $477 
was received. A representative from 
each, society told about her society's 
work during the year. 

Merle Deeter wrote about the Miami 
Valley rally, which was held in New 
Lebanon April 25. Following registra- 
tion and the continental breakfast, the 

July-August 1992 



group was welcomed by Wanda Eck. 
Wilma Houston gave the devotions on 
"The Virtuous Woman" (Proverbs 3), 
"The Woman Who was not Virtuous" 
(Isaiah 3), and "The Eagle" (Deuter- 
onomy 28, 32, and Exodus 19). It was 
most interesting how she tied these 
together. 

Fun time was directed by Kathy 
Shellabarger, group singing was led by 
Diana Winkler, and Donna Yordy and 
Gertrude Plaga played organ and 
piano duets. 

Members of the evening society 
presented two skits — the first about 
trust and the other about mustard- 
seed faith. They did an excellent job, 
and we laughed at the ideas they 
presented. 

Susie Black, district secretary- 
treasurer, presided over the business. 
The project ingathering totaled $535 
for Camp Bethany's g^featest need. The 
societies' activities were reported when 
each gave her offering. The spring 
rally in 1993 will be hosted by the 
Gratis WMS on April 17. 

The special guest was Mary Ann 
Brown, owner of a local craft and gift 
shop. Using the theme for the day, 
"Potpourri," Mary Ann talked about 
growing herbs, preserving them and 
using them in the home. She dem- 
onstrated making crafts, also. The 
luncheon was a buffet of salads and 
desserts; potpourri favors decorated 
the tables. 



Our moutH zoos filCed 

uiitfi taugfiteT, and 

OUT tongu&s udtB 

shouts ofjoy. 

Psalm 126:2 



The Ohio District Conference was 
held in West Alexandria on March 14. 
At the WMS session, Alberta Hol- 
singer announced that Kim Hubble, 
Geneva Obum, and Kristi Paull were 
the Ashland University recipients of 
the Marge Fund. This gift from the 
Ohio ladies is in memory of Margery 
Whitted, a former WMS member, a 
mentor and encourager, and an in- 
structor at Ashland University. 

Tim and Jan Eagle are the focus for 
the 1992-93 district project. Offerings 
will be received to send them to the 
mission field: transportation, shipping 
expenses, housing, etc. Since Tim and 
Jan will leave this summer, the Mis- 
sionary Board will advance their ex- 
penses. Our offerings will reimburse 




the Board. With your offerings, send 
your prayers for Tim and Jan. 

The district Bible study goal will be 
Hebrews 1-8. Each member is encour- 
aged to study these chapters in her 
personal devotions, with a brief group 
study at the meeting. 



"Greetings from 
sunny Arizona, where 
Tucson will probably 
reach 100° today." I 
received this letter in 
Ashland on one of our 
many cool, wet, spring days. I was 
tempted to head for the southwest! 
Georgia Stuber, treasurer of the Power 
WMS of Northwest Chapel, was writ- 
ing. Money from their craft sale in Oc- 
tober was given for various projects, but 
mainly to the Arizona district camp. 
The camp is near Patagonia. Renova- 
tion of the camp kitchen and dining 
hall are scheduled to begin in June. 

Marie Fanning, the district presi- 
dent, reported on their rally, which 
was hosted by the ladies at the First 
Church in Tucson January 25. The 
Northwest society. Power, was present 
for the special day. The speaker was 
Mrs. Nancy Evans, a resident of Tuc- 
son representing the national or- 
ganization of Concerned Women for 
America. She told of causes and 
dangers of Christian passivity to sin 
and corruption in our world. She also 
told how the national CWA is lobbying 
in Washington to fight for laws that 
uphold morality and family values; 
and how the local CWA has influenced 
the Tucson City Council Board of 
Supervisors to close a 6,000 member 
homosexual bathhouse near the air- 
port. Mrs. Evans urged each one to 
support this largest Christian 
Women's organization in the USA. 

On April 25 the district conference 
was at the Northwest Brethren Church. 
The speaker for the luncheon was Mrs. 
Jo-Anne Herem, affiliated with New 
Tribes Missions. Home on furlough, 
Mrs. Herem spoke about some of their 
experiences in Senegal, West Africa. 

The Tucson societies have benefited 
from the monthly devotional studies. 
Their outreach projects include sup- 
port for an orphan and a mission pas- 
tor in India, making tote bags for kids 
attending church camp, funds for the 
handbell cabinet, and the WMS goals. 

The Women's Public Worship Ser- 
vice was in November and featured Dr. 
and Mrs. Tom Tompkins. Their family 
are members of the Evangelical Free 
(continued on page 4) 



District Doings (continued) 

Church. He is a pediatrician and a 
musician. He accompanied their son 
(16) and daughter (11) on the piano 
when they played vioUn solos, and ac- 
companied himself on the cello while 
he sang. Mrs. Tompkins (Barbara) 
gave the message on Thanksgiving. 

From the Southeastern District 




Christina Meyers reported that the 
SE district rally was at Oak Hill, West 
Virginia, in November. The Oak Hill 
ladies presented an enjoyable play 
"Songs in the Night" written by Ida 
Lindower. 

The spring conference was in 
Hagerstown April 23. They voted to re- 
quest one additional hovir at the fall 
conference in lieu of a fall rally. 

The Bethlehem societies sent the 
Kemers books written in English and 
Spanish, as well as personal gifts for 
their family. This was a good idea! 
Their public worship service was a 
hymn sing. 

Last fall, the St. Luke ladies invited 
the members from Maurertown, Liber- 
ty, and Waterbrook Brethren churches 
for a Sunday afternoon tea. Chantel 
Logan was the speaker and as usual 
gave a challenging talk. In March the 
St. Luke society sponsored a soup sup- 
per for the World Relief project. With 
the soup, they served rolls, ice cream, 
and pie. The offering was $239 for 
World Relief. 

Virginia Hook, the Linwood, Md., 
WMS president, reported they served 
two World Relief luncheons and served 
breakfast for the Men of Mission in 
their church. One of their continuing 
projects is the "Mile of Pennies" for 
Riverside Christian School. To date, 
Virginia said they are half way. Jean 
Troup of Washington was the speaker 
for the World Day of Prayer. 

They have added two members this 
year and agree that "There is a time 
for everything, and a season for every 
activity under Heaven." 



Ifle Lord has done great 

things foT us, and loe are 

fiikd with joy. 



Psalm 126:2 



Missionary 
Miscellany (continued) 

Pray for safe travel of our mis- 
sionaries always — in their home 
cities and country travels, and as they 
come to Conference. Pray, too, for their 
physical health — Kemers with recur- 
ring problems; the missionaries in 
Buenos Aires with many diseases, due 
to poor sanitary conditions; and for 
those in Mexico City. 

And a spiritual health breakdown is 
like a "welcome" sign to Satan. Pray 
for our pastors and their families, that 
they may withstand Satan and his 
desires. 




The J Of of the Lord is 

not mereCy a good feeling. 

It is acquainted ufith 

suffering, sorroiving, 

heartache, and -pain. 

It is not found By seeking. 

It slips in unaware 

as our attention becomes 

focused on Cfirist 

and!His kingdom. 



^JOIce in the Lord aCzvays, 
and again I say "^JOIce. " 

Philippians 4:4 



Dear Friend, 

When Kitty Winfield led the June 
meeting for the Joy Circle at Ashland 
Park St., the topic was The Joy of Life. 
Around the room, stuck on the wall in 
various places, were "wall" mottoes, 
carrying the joy theme. Some of these 
are the blocks scattered throughout 
this newsletter. They are good to read, 
then to ponder and read again. Similar 
nuggets can be used for any topic. To 
catch our attention quickly, Kitty had 
Alleluia signs in various places on her 
dress and shoes. These illustrated the 
phrase by St. Augustine, "A Christian 
should be an alleluia from head to 
foot." 

It is interesting to read the activities 
of the local societies. I hope you will 
find a new idea for your society to 
adapt and use. If you need some addi- 
tional information, refer to the WMS 
directory, contact the local president, 
and develop a network. 

Frequently we continue to practice 
the same routine annually, because we 
stick with the Commitments; however, 
we can get in a rut sometimes. The 
same Commitment can be accom- 
plished with a new idea. Move off the 
plateau, "press toward the mark" (as 
Paul said) with some new thinking, 
and spark some added interest in your 
group for the next year. 

Plans for Conference are nearing 
completion. I look forward to seeing 
many of you. It is a known fact that 
the Brethren Conference is a family 
reunion! With the necessary business 
meetings and the "formal" remarks are 
the informal hallway conversations. 
These are the meaningful fellowship 
times. 

If you cannot attend, please pray for 
those who will be here. Pray, too, for 
the Conference and auxiliary leaders, 
for the delegates, for the University 
staff who strives to make the week en- 
joyable, and pray for good weather. 

I will try to capture the Conference 
atmosphere in the next Newsletter. 

Your friend, 

(^ 

^ Joan 



Woman's Outlook Newsletter 



General Conference Preview 

The 104th General Conference 
of The Brethren Church 

August 3-7 at Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio 
Theme: "Put on the Whole Armor" (Eph. 6:11) 




Rev. Marlin McCann 
To Moderate Conference 

Moderator Marlin McCann, pastor of the North 
Manchester, Ind., First Brethren Church, will preside over 
the 104th General Con- 
ference of The Brethren 
Church. 

Rev. McCann will set 
the tone for the Conference 
with his Moderator's Ad- 
dress during the Worship/ 
Celebration service at 6:30 
on Monday evening. 
Moderator McCann will 
also preside over the five 
business sessions sched- 
uled for Tuesday morning 
and afternoon and Wed- 
nesday through Friday 
mornings. (See page 12 of the June Evangelist for a detailed 
Conference schedule.) 

Bom in Waterloo, Iowa, where he grew up in the First 
Brethren Church, McCann (57) is a graduate of both Ash- 
land University and Ashland Theological Seminary. Since 
entering the pastoral ministry in 1963, he has served the 
Wayne Heights (Waynesboro, Pa.), Mt. Olive (Pineville, 
Va.), and Bryan (Ohio) Brethren churches, and he has been 
pastor of the North Manchester Church since November 
1987. From January 1960 to August 1963 he was National 
Brethren Youth Director. This is his second term as 
moderator, a f)osition he also held in 1977. 

Rev. McCann and his wife, Lila, have two sons, Michael 
and Steven, both of whom are married and both of whom 
are active in the Bryan, Ohio, First Brethren Church. 

Other Special Events 
During General Conference 

Dr. Leith Anderson, pastor of Wooddale Church, Eden 
Prairie, Minn., will present inspirational messages related 
to the Conference theme on Tuesday evening and Wednes- 
day morning and evening of General Conference. A pic- 
ture and more information about Dr. Anderson were 
included in the June issue of the Evangelist (p. 12). 

In addition to the messages by Dr. Anderson and the 
Moderator's Address by Rev. Marlin McCann, several 
other special events are planned for Conference week. 



Devotional Services: Brief times of worship are planned 
for eight o'clock on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. 
These worship times will be led by Rev. Kerry Scott, pas- 
tor of the Jefferson Brethren Church of Goshen, Ind. The 
services will include special music and testimonies. 

World Relief Soup Luncheon: Brethren will again 
have the opportunity to participate in what has become a 
tradition for many Conference attenders — the World 
Relief Soup Luncheon. While sharing in a limited but ade- 
quate meal. Brethren will have the opportunity to fellow- 
ship and to learn more about world needs and how we can 
help meet them. (Reservations are requested, but not re- 
quired. See the reservation form on page 14 of the June Evan- 
gelist.) 

Missionary Board Banquet: During this year's ban- 
quet, which will be held at five o'clock Tuesday evening, 
Jose Rivero, president of The Brethren Church in Argen- 
tina, will be speaking. Special music will be provided by 
three young women from Argentina: Marcela Rivero 
(daughter of Jose Rivero), Patricia Rivero (daughter of 
Ricardo Rivero), and Gabriela Herrera. Ray and Marilyn 
Aspinall, missionaries to Argentina in the U.S. on fur- 
lough, will also be present to bring greetings. Special 
guests will be Tim and Jan Eagle and Todd and Tracy 
Ruggles. They are to be commissioned for missionary 
service during the evening service following the banquet. 
(Reservations are required for the banquet.) 

All-Conference Picnic: An afternoon set apart for fel- 
lowship and recreation will conclude with a picnic Wed- 
nesday afternoon on the Ashland University quad. 

Communion: Communion, a high point of many past 
Conferences, will again by observed at this year's gather- 
ing. Rev. David Cooksey, Director of Pastoral Ministries 
for The Brethren Church, will be in charge of the service. 
He will be assisted by Rev. Phil Lersch, pastor of the St. 
Petersburg, Fla., Brethren Church and a member of the 
Brethren House Ministries team. A men's ensemble will 
provide special music. 

Closing worship service: Rev. Glenn Grumbling, 
moderator-elect at this Conference, will give a message 
during the closing worship service at 10:30 Friday morn- 
ing. In this message he will introduce the new Conference 
theme. Rev. Grumbling is pastor of the College Comer 
Brethren Church near Wabash, Ind. Former Brethren pas- 
torates include the Mt. Olivet (Georgetown, Del.), Water- 
loo (Iowa), Muncie (Ind.), College Corner (earlier 
pastorate there), and Milford (Ind.) Brethren churches. 



July/August 1992 



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General Conference Preview 

Auxiliary Sessions 



Auxiliary sessions during General Conference are 
scheduled for Tuesday morning from 10:30 to 11:45, Tues- 
day afternoon from 1:30 to 3:00, noon on Wednesday, and 
Thursday morning from 10:30 to 11:45. The W.M.S. ses- 
sions will be held in the main meetings rooms of the Con- 
vocation Center; Men of Mission sessions will be held in 
the Claremont Room of the Convocation Center; and the 
sessions of the Brethren Church Elders will be held at the 
Ashland Park Street Brethren Church. 

Woman's Missionary Society 

"Keep on Praying" (Eph. 6:17-18) will be the theme of 
the Woman's Missionary Society sessions. Norma Trump 
from Roann, Ind., will lead devotions for the sessions, and 
two pastors' wives — Marjorie Bennett from Muncie, Ind., 
(piano) and Sandy Medsger from Roann (song leader) — 
will be in charge of the music. 

Mary Christner Bomtrager, a Christian writer who lives 
in North Canton, Ohio, will be the speaker at the Wednes- 
day luncheon. Raised in an 
Amish family, the seventh 
of ten children, she later 
joined the Mennonite 
church, but writes about 
Amish life in her books. 
She taught at a Christian 
day school for seven years, 
but after her four children 
were grown, she earned a 
certificate in child care and 
youth social work. Then 
for twelve years, she and 
her late husband worked 
with neglected and emo- 
tionally disturbed youth. 
Her books include Ellie and 
and Daniel. 

For more information about the W.M.S. Conference ses- 
sions, see page 2 of the Outlook Newsletter in the center of 
this issue of the Evangelist. 

Brethren Church Elders 

President Gene Eckerley will present a message entitled 
"NEEDED: A Vision for the N.A.B.C.E." at the Tuesday 
morning session of the National Association of Brethren 
Church Elders. This will be followed by a time of sharing 
in prayer. 

At the Tuesday afternoon session, the elders will discuss 
the report of the Committee on Divorce and Ordination. 
Other business will follow, as time permits. 

Wednesday at noon the elders will join the Brethren 
Men of Mission at the seminary for a picnic lunch, fol- 
lowed by a question and answer time with the Conference 
speaker. Dr. Leith Anderson. 




its sequels, Rebecca, Rachel, 



The Thursday morning session will be given over to 
election of officers, unfinished business, and memorials to 
elders who have died during the past year. (Pastors are 
asked to bring written memorials.) 

Brethren Men of Mission 

Dr. Doug Little will speak to the Brethren Men of Mis- 
sion during Conference week. Dr. Little, associate pro- 
fessor of pastoral counseling at Ashland Theological 
Seminary, will speak on ministry in the church. 

At noon on Wednesday, the Men of Mission, along with 
the pastors, will have an opportunity to ask questions of 
Conference speaker Dr. Leith Anderson at the men's pic- 
nic. 

President Ken Van Duyne will conduct the business por- 
tions of the Men of Mission sessions. Men are asked to 
please take note of the following business item: 

Special Announcement for Men of Mission 

The Executive Committee will be proposing the 
following change in the Men of Mission constitution 
in order to facilitate the changes in bylaws regard- 
ing the election of officers. First reading is scheduled 
during the first session of the Annual Meeting at 
10:30 a.m. with action to be taken during the second 
session at 1:30 p.m., both on Tuesday, August 4, 
1992. The proposed change to Article V, Section 1 
will read: "The officers of this organization shall con- 
sist of those deemed necessary by the Executive 
Committee for effective and efficient operation." 

Anyone who wishes to have a complete copy of the 
present constitution and/or the proposed bylaw 
changes should contact his District Representative 
or the Men of Mission secretary. Gene A. Geaslen, 
20525 Lunn Road, Strongsville, Ohio 44136 (or call 
216-238-5624). 



Workshops/Insight Sessions 

The following workshops and insight sessions will 
be offered on Thursday afternoon of Conference. 

• Effective Use of the Keyboard in Worship by Dr. Ron 
Sprunger. (Pre-registration was required by July l,but 
contact Sharon Williams [219-672-3252] about the 
possibility of late registration.) 

• Financial Stewardship Surx'ey by Tom Stoffer. 

• Integrating Singles into the Church by Elaine 
Brelsford. 

• Life in the Parsonage by Bill Cruz. 

• Missionary Board Update by MBBC staff. 

• Opportunities for Service by various presenters. 

• Passing On the Promise— A Closer Look by members 
of the Evangelism & Church Growth Commission. 

• Small Groups: The Place for Love, Ministry, and 
Outreach by Dr. Leroy Solomon. 



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General Conference Preview 

General Conference Business 



Delegates to the 104th General Conference of The 
Brethren Church will consider several significant business 
items, including the following recommendations from the 
General Conference Executive Council (GCEC): 

GO EC Recommendation 1: Priorities for the Nine- 
ties. GCEC will present four denominational priorities for 
affirmation by General Conference under the theme of 
"Promise for the Future" (see sidebar). 

These priorities are an outgrowth of the 1989 Denomina- 
tional Planning Retreat. Participants in that retreat iden- 
tified eleven priorities for The Brethren Church. While 
attempting to address all eleven priorities, GCEC has 
focused on two; spiritual formation and unified vision. 

In October 1991, GCEC members spent time in a retreat 
setting reviewing these priorities and seeking God's direc- 
tion for the church. As a result of this retreat and discus- 
sions throughout the year, GCEC identified the four 
proposed priorities for the remainder of this decade. 

GCEC Recommendation 2: 1992-93 Brethren Church 
Ministries Commissions. To develop more specific objec- 
tives, strategies, and plans for these priorities, GCEC will 
present four cominissions for the coming year, each to 
focus on one of the priorities: Spiritual Formation, Evan- 
gelism & Church Growth, Leadership Development, and 
New Church Development. 

GCEC will present for Conference affirmation the fol- 
lowing chairpersons: Spiritual Formation — Dr. Mary Ellen 
Drushal; Leadership Development — Rev. Kerry Scott. Dr. 
Leroy Solomon will continue as chair of the Evangelism & 
Church Growth Commission, having been affirmed last 
year for two years. 

GCEC will present nominees for the first three commis- 
sions for election by delegates of four persons per commis- 
sion. 

The New Church Development Commission will be 
formed from among members of the Missionary Board, 
which is charged by the Manual of Procedure with respon- 
sibility for church planting. 

GCEC Recommendation 3: Proposed 1993 Local 
Church Goals. GCEC will propose twelve local church 
goals. Of these, eight will relate to the four priorities, while 
four will focus on continuing emphases. A complete list of 
proposed goals was mailed with the June 5, 1992, issue of 
Leadership Letter. Contact your pastor or church 
moderator for a copy. 

GCEC Recommendation 4: Proposed Change in the 
Role of Moderator and Assignment of the Title of Presi- 
dent to the Director of Brethren Church Ministries. 

Traditionally, the General Conference moderator has 
assumed leadership of The Brethren Church. Because 
moderators serve only one-year terms, however, it has 
been difficult for annual moderators to provide a continuity 



Promise for the Future 

Proposed priorities for the 1990s. 

1 . Becoming Like Christ (Spiritual Formation). 
To foster inner spiritual development that leads to 
outward action ... by a deepening relationship with 
the Lord . . . through a lifelong maturing process . . . 
toward a life of obedience to Christ . . . lived among 
persons of need. 

2. Sharing Our Faith (Passing On the Promise). 
To burden, stimulate, and equip persons to share 
the good news of Jesus Christ through both words 
and actions . . . through local church implementa- 
tion of the Passing On the Promise outreach 
process . . . leading to Brethren people sharing their 
faith ... in a lifestyle of friendship evangelism. 

3. Training Growth Leaders (Leadership Devel- 
opment for Outreach). To equip and provide oppor- 
tunities for persons to lead outreach ministries for 
Christ . . . pastors with an evangelistic vision . . . 
planters to begin new churches . . . people to lead 
lay ministries. 

4. Forming New Churches (Church Planting). To 
extend the ministry of the church to groups of peo- 
ple who have had inadequate exposure to the Chris- 
tian faith . . . through the formation of new churches 
. . . among a variety of people groups . . . with styles 
and formats appropriate to those groups. 



of leadership. The moderator has also filled the legal role 
of president of The Brethren Church, Inc. 

When a reorganization of Brethren Church ministries 
was adopted in 1988 and implemented in 1990, it was 
envisioned that the Director of Brethren Church Ministries 
(DBCM) would be "responsible for giving visionary 
leadership to The Brethren Church." As an employee 
(rather than a one-year elected official), the DBCM would 
provide the continuity that had been missing. It was also 
envisioned that the moderator's role would become less 
prominent and would focus more specifically on the im- 
portant leadership tasks of chairing GCEC, moderating 
General Conference, and serving as an advisor/consultant 
for the executive staff of the National Office. 

To more fully implement this change in responsibilities, 
GCEC will recommend that the Manual of Procedure be 
amended to more clearly define these roles. As part of the 
changes, GCEC will recommend that the title of president 
of The Brethren Church be assigned to the DBCM. The 
president would serve as chief executive officer for the 
corporation, continue to oversee the National Office and 
Brethren Church ministries as at present, and fulfill the 
leadership role envisioned in 1988. In addition, this title 
will more clearly communicate within and outside the 

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July/August 1992 



15 



General Conference Preview 



Nominees for General Conference 
Executive Council (GCEC) 



The following candidates have been selected by the 
Nominating Committee. Candidates elected will serve a 
three-year term on GCEC. One person will be elected for 
each position. Delegates will have the opportunity to make 
nominations from the floor. 

Moderator-Elect (Moderator in 1993-94) 
Rev. Russell Gordon has served as Director of Home 
Missions for the Missionary Board since 1989 and had 
been a member of the board for 13 years. He previously 
pastored churches in Bradenton, Fla; Fort Scott, Kans.; and 
Williamstown, Ohio. He was National Brethren Youth 
moderator for three years, has been moderator of the Mid- 
west District and coordinator of the Florida District, and 
represented the Florida District for three years on the Na- 
tional Ordination Council. Russ and his wife, Sherry, live 
in Ashland and have two sons. 

Rev. Paul Tinkel has been pastor of the Milford, Ind., 
First Brethren Church for 13 years. He previously served 
congregations in Fort Wayne (Meadow Crest), New Paris, 
Warsaw, and Roanoke, Ind.; Brush Valley, Pa.; and 
Gatewood and Oak Hill, W.Va. (as interim). He is present- 
ly a member of the national Evangelism & Church Growth 
Commission and was president of the Retirement Board 
for 13 years. He is a past president of the Indiana Ministry 
of Pastoral and Congregational Care and of his local 
Kiwanis club. Paul and his wife, Judy, live in Milford and 
have three daughters. 

Member At-Large 

Dr. Judy Allison, Derby, Kans. Psychologist — general 
practice. Member of national Pastoral Care Advisory 
Group. Local church deacon and pastoral relations com- 
mittee member. 

Rev. David Graetz, Louisville, Ky. VA hospital and 
National Guard chaplain. Former pastor of Highland 
(Marianna, Pa.) Brethren Church. 

Rev. James Miller, Carmel, Ind. Pastor, Carmel Church. 
Member of national Education & Leadership Commission 
and past Indiana District moderator. 

Rev. Carl M. Phillips, Lakeville, Ind. Pastor, County 
Line Church. Serves on board of directors of Brethren 
Retreat Center, Shipshewana. 

Mr. Thomas L. Stoffer, Ashland, Ohio. Retired cor- 



Conference Business continued from previous page 
church the role and responsibilities of this posi- 
tion than does the present title of DBCM. 

Because of the more prominent leadership role of a 
president, the recommendation will provide for GCEC 
to appoint the president subject to a two-thirds confir- 
mation vote by General Conference at least every five 
years. A term limit of ten years would be imposed. The 
president will continue to be accountable to GCEC for 
fulfillment of job responsibilities. 



porate counsel for Nationwide Insurance. Deacon in Gar- 
ber Church. Vice president of Ashland University Board of 
Trustees. 

East Region Representative 
(Florida and Southeastern Districts) 

Mrs. Kathy Rosales, Sarasota, Fla. Homemaker and 
pastor's wife. Counselor, Sunday school teacher, and trans- 
lator for Iglesia Hispana. 

Mrs. Brenda Shanholtz, Clear Spring, Md. Professional 
secretary. Deacon, Sunday school teacher, and Christian 
education ministry member at St. James Church. Treasurer 
of Southeastern District Board of Christian Education. 

Rev. Patrick Velanzon, Port Republic, Va. Pastor, 
Bethlehem and 340 Brethren churches. Southeastern Dis- 
trict moderator and member of Brethren Passing On the 
Promise field staff. 

Mideast Region Representative 
(Ohio and Pennsylvania Districts) 

Dr. Brenda Colijn, Dublin, Ohio. Author and adjunct 
instructor for Ashland Theological Seminary. Co-chair, 
Committee on Doctrine, Research, and Publication. At 
Smoky Row Brethren Church, deacon, Sunday school 
teacher, and pastoral relations committee chair. 

Mrs. Grace Grumbling, Johnstown, Pa. Tax consultant. 
General secretary of National WMS. Deacon and financial 
secretary at Johnstown Third Church. 

Mrs. Trudy Kerner, Ashland, Ohio. Substitute public 
school teacher. National WMS assistant secretary. Member 
of Garber Church. 

Rev. Carl H. Phillips, Mineral Point, Pa. Pastor, Vinco 
Church. Member of national Missionary Board. 

Mr. Bill Shultz, Berlin, Pa. Farmer. Member of Berlin 
area and Pennsylvania District historical societies. Deacon 
and Sunday school teacher. Member, Brethren Men of 
Mission board of trustees. 

Rev. Robert Stahl, Ligonier, Pa. Pastor, Meyersdale 
Main Street Church. Overseer of Pennsylvania District 
Camp Peniel. Retired from management at Latrobe Steel. 

Important Reminders 

Conference delegates and guests are reminded that every 
person attending Conference must complete a registration 
form (found on page 15 of the June Evangelist). A 
reminder, also , that room reservations with prepayment by 
July 22 results in a guaranteed reservation and a lower 
rate. Reservations for the banquet, luncheons, and picnics 
should also be made by July 22. After that date, tickets are 
subject to availability. 

Times when the housing desk will be open and hours 
when credentials will be received, as well as other impor- 
tant information about Conference, was included on page 
13 of the June issue. Information about the Brethren Youth 
Convention can also be found on that page. 



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UPDATE 



BRETHREN CHURCH NEWS 



Indiana District Conference Adopts Goal 
Of Raising Money for New District Camp 



Shipshewana, Ind. — "Obedience in 
Service" (Eph. 4:11-16) was the theme 
of the 1992 Conference of the Indiana 
District of Brethren Churches held 
June 5—6 at the Brethren Retreat. 

District Moderator Dan Lawson, pas- 
tor of the Oakville, Ind., First Brethren 
Church, opened the conference with a 
devotional from Jeremiah 29:11 featur- 
ing the promis^challenge, "God has a 
plan for us." 

A decision by the conference to begin 
raising funds for the purchase of a new 
district camp was the highlight of the 
business sessions. This action stemmed 
from a special called business con- 
ference in November 1991, when an at- 
tempt was made to purchase a new 
camp near Warsaw, Ind. At that time, 
m.ore than $143,000 was raised in less 



than three weeks, but this fell short of 
the sum needed to purchase the facility. 
At this conference a five-year goal sub- 
mitted by the Ministry of the Brethren 
Retreat was adopted which would per- 
mit securing funds through the district 
for the eventual purchase of a new camp. 

The 156 delegates at the conference 
empowered the conference Board of 
Directors to do a title search on district 
property to make certain that the 
district's churches remain properly 
registered, so as to maintain their "not- 
for-profit" status within the state. 

A sad note to the conference was the 
official closing of the Marion, Ind., 
Brethren Church. Gratitude was ex- 
tended to Rev. G. Bright Hanna for his 
work and continuing ministry in the 
Marion conmiunity. 



Several suggestions from Moderator 
Lawson to the conference were approved 
and sent to appropriate boards for im- 
plementation. They include: elevating 
the office of district elder from a part- 
time to a full-time position; increasing 
communication throughout the district 
by means of a district newsletter; em- 
phasizing small group and leadership 
training; and elevating the Evangelism 
Task Force to ministry status. 

Officers for the coming year are Rev. 
Brad Hardesty serving as moderator; 
Rev. Jim Thomas as moderator-elect; 
Rev. Bill Brady as secretary; Rev. Mark 
Britton as treasurer, and Rev. Woody 
Immel as statistician. 

The program for the conference also 
included denominational reports, aux- 
iliary sessions, and a concert by Jay 
Hirt. 

The conference concluded with a chal- 
lenge from the new moderator. Rev. 
Brad Hardesty. 

— reported by Rev. Bill Brady, district sec. 



Youth Travel to Riverside 
For Weekend of Work 

Lost Creek, Ky. — Sixteen youth and 
advisors from the Pennsylvania Dis- 
trict traveled to Riverside Christian 
School April 24-26 for a work weekend. 

The young people — from the Cam- 
eron (W. Va.), Sarver (Pa.), and High- 
land (Marianna, Pa.) Brethren Churches 
— traveled for seven hours in two vans 
to reach Lost Creek, arriving at River- 
side at 3:00 a.m. on Saturday. After 
breakfast at 7:00 a.m. and a tour of the 
school and a history of Riverside by 
Deane Lauffer, they got to work. 

Several from the group spent much of 
the day shoveling coal. Others scrubbed 
floors, cleaned the log cabin, pulled 
weeds, hauled gravel, cleaned the picnic 
pavilion, cleaned and washed windows 
in the lounge of the girls' dorm, and 
made gEimes and posters for the upcom- 
ing "Spring Fling" at the school. 

After work, those who still had the 
energy took a nature hike in the beautiful 
mountains around the school. Then the 
entire group was treated to a cookout 
and carry-in dinner by the staff. They 
concluded the day with some "rowdy" 
basketball and volleyball games. 

Sunday morning saw them up bright 
and early. They divided into three groups 
to share in the services at three different 
churches. The Cameron group stayed at 
Lost Creek and presented a puppet show 
and a poem. The others traveled to 
Rowdy and Clayhole, where several of 

July/August 1992 



them provided special music. 

Following the morning services, they 
all gathered back at Riverside, where 
they prepared for the return trip. Rick 
Callen of Sarver expressed the senti- 
ments of the entire group when he sang 
"Thank You" by Ray Boltz to the staff 
members. Then they ended their visit 



with a circle of prayer and the singing 
of "Blest Be the Tie." 

The entire group is eager to go back 
again next year. They hope to have 
enough people that they have to take 
three vans for that trip. 

— reported by Linda Barr, 
Pennsylvania Youth Ministry Associate 



the pastorate of the First Brethren 
Church of Peru, Ind. 

The pastors and wives shared a meal 
and many memories of the Naffs' years 
in the Southeastern District at the gath- 
ering, which was held at the Maurer- 
town Brethren Church. 

The influence that Rev. Naff, who is 
known for wearing bow ties, has had on 
the Southeastern District was obvious 
on this occasion, when all the pastors 
came with their necks so adorned. 



SE District Pastors, Wives 
Bid Farewell to the Naffs 

Maurertown, Pa. — Pastors and their 
wives in the Southeastern District got 
together on May 22 to bid farewell to 
Rev. James and Ethel Rae Naff. 

The Naffs are leaving the South- 
eastern District, where Rev. Naff has 
pastored the St. Luke Brethren Church 
(Woodstock, Va.) since 1976, to assume 

Pointing 

fingers of 

bktme at 

Rev. Jim 

Naff (c.) for 

influencing 

their manner 

of dress are 

felloiv pastors 

(I. to r., 1st 

row) Harold 

Barnett, Pat 

Velanzon, 

Robert Kep- 

linger, Fred 

Helsley, (2nd row) Jerry Fike, Richard Craver, Doc Shank, Mike Woods, and 
Darryl Shanholtz (attending for Brian Moore). Report and photo by Kathy Velanzon 

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UPDATE 



Brethren at Raystown Say Farewell 
To Pastor Robert Norris and Family 



basket from the adult Sunday school 
class; various gag gifts from teacher Deb 
Weimert and students of the teen-age 
Sunday school class; a clock with an 
eagle on it from the congregation (Pas- 
tor Norris likes eagles); and the video 
from the W.M.S. The Norrises also re- 
ceived numerous cards from individuals 
in the church. 

The farewell concluded with all 
present holding hands in a circle while 
Alfred Chamberlain said a prayer, after 
which everyone joined in singing the 
chorus, "Bind Us Together." 

— reported by Susan Weimert 



Saxton, Pa. — Members of the Rays- 
town Brethren Church said farewell to 
Pastor Robert Norris and his family at 
a fellowship meal in their honor held 
May 31. 

This was the final day as pastor of the 
church for Pastor Norris, who had 
served the congregation for three years. 
He resigned as pastor to pursue a dif- 
ferent direction in life, having con- 
cluded that he didn't feel called to pas- 
toral ministry. This was his only pas- 
torate. 

The Woman's Missionary Society of 
the church planned the farewell dinner. 
In addition to the 
meal and a time of 
fellowship, a video 
was shown in 
which the W.M.S. 
members expressed 
their personal ap- 
preciation and 
thoughts to Pastor 
Norris and his 
family. The video 
was filmed by 
Nancy and Penny 
Weimert, who had 
visited the W.M.S. 
members in their 
homes and videoed 
their comments. 

Various gifts 

were presented to Pastor Robert Norris and his wife, Rosalyn (2nd from i), with 
the Norrises at the daughters Becky (I.) and Nikki, holding gifts given to them by the 
event — a money Raystown Brethren. Photo by Susan Weimert. 




During revival serv- 
ices held March 29 to 
April 3 at the Cheyenne, 
Wyo., Brethren Church, 
Evangelist Keith Hensley 
(at left), pastor of the 
Pleasant View Brethren 
Church (Vandergrift, 
Pa.), really got into his 
message, as he demon- 
strated the "Take It 
Easy" approach to life 
(Luke 12:16-21). 

In addition to bringing 
messages for the services. 
Rev. Hensley did an 
analysis of the church's 
growth patterns over the 
past number of years, noting areas of strength and weakness, as well as potential 
for the future. He also spent several duys with Cheyenne Pastor G. Emery Hurd 
examining the prospects for planting a new Brethren church in the Thornton, 
Colorado, area. (It is obvious, therefore, that Rev. Hensley did more than take it easy 
during the week.) — report and photo by Alice Tliarp 




World Relief Sending Aid 
To Drought-Stricken Areas 
In Southern Part of Africa 

Wheaton, 111. — The southern part of 
Africa is experiencing its worst drought 
this century, according to the United 
Nations Food and Agriculture Organ- 
ization. 

An estimated 17.2 million people are 
in need of emergency assistance, with 
13.3 million of these living in the 
drought-affected countries of Angola, 
Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zim- 
babwe, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, 
Lesotho, and South Africa. 

Mozambique is the country most 
severely affected, according to World 
Reliefs Africa director, Dick Anderson. 
"It's not only a disaster in the making, 
it's a war zone," Anderson said. "Be- 
cause of a combination of war and 
drought, 50 percent of the predicted 
casualties of Southern Africa's drought 
will be in Mozambique," he said. 

Anderson is in Mozambique to oper- 
ate World Reliefs largest-scale relief 
operation to date. World Relief will act 
as the lead agency for a coalition of 
international relief agencies to provide 
food and water to more than 150,000 
people in Mozambique's southern Gaza 
province who face starvation without 
assistance. Other agencies in the coali- 
tion include World Relief Canada and 
the evangelical Protestant humanitar- 
ian agencies of Britain, Holland, Aus- 
tralia, New Zealand, and Portugal. 

The coalition will ship 22,000 tons of 
food to feed the affected population for 
a period of eight months. A team of 
well-drillers will drill 25 deep wells. 
Health, food-for-work, and agricul- 
tural recovery programs will also 
begin in the coming months. The 
total cost of the relief operation is 
estimated at $16 million. 

World Relief is seeking donations 
of up to $1.11 million to match fund- 
ing made available by the United 
States Agency for International 
Development (USAID), internation- 
al, private, and partnering agencies. 
World Relief is also working with 
church partners in the drought- 
stricken countries of Swaziland, 
Zimbabwe, and Malawi to outline 
emergency relief programs. 

World Relief is the emergency re- 
sponse, community development, and 
refugee assistance arm of the Na- 
tional Association of Evangelicals. It 
is the agency through which Breth- 
ren gifts for relief of human suffering 
are channeled to areas of need. 



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UPDATE 



Trip to Mexico is Eye-Opening Experience 
For 11 Members of AU's HOPE Fellowship 



Ashland, Ohio — Eleven members of 
Ashland University's HOPE Fellowship, 
a campus Christian organization, got a 
taste of the poverty-stricken Third 
World while conducting mission work 
recently in Mexico. 

The group spent 16 days after AU's 
graduation engaged in Bible distribu- 
tion, street meetings, and presenting 
worship services for many of the des- 
titute and downtrodden in Juarez City, 
Mexico, a border city across the Rio 
Grande River from El Paso, Tex. 

Ashland University senior Jennifer 
Thomas, a member of the Ashland Park 
Street Brethren Church, was one of the 
organizers of the trip, along with Arthur 
Zentgraf, a senior from Perry, Ohio. 
Many of the students who made the trip 
attend the worship services of the Ash- 
land University (Brethren) Church. 

Juarez City is one of the major points 
at which Mexicans try to cross the bor- 
der into the United States. Tens of thou- 
sands of Mexicans live in ghettos called 
"colonies" waiting for their chance to 
crawl through a hole in the fence, to 
swim across the river, or to be smuggled 
through the El Paso checkpoint. 

"Juarez is not a city like you normally 
think of a city," said Edward Strickland, 
a sophomore from Clarence, N. Y. "Many 
of these people's homes are made of 
discarded bricks, tires, cardboard — 



anything they can find on the streets." 
He said that people actually live in the 
city's garbage dump to get first pick of 
the "best trash." 

Art Zentgraf found many of these peo- 



badly, something spiritual," he said. 

Strickland was overwhelmed by the 
attitude of the Mexican people. "They 
were humbled because we came so far 
to tell them about Jesus — just the fact 
that we were there was enough for them," 
he said. "We went there thinking we 
were going to help these people, but 
they wanted to help us. 

"Thoy showed us so much love; their 




Ashland University students making the trip to Juarez City, Mexico, were (kneeling) Jamie 
Jenkins, (I. to r.) Lisa Hamer, Cheri Cahall, Jennifer Swaisgood, Stephanie Dudley, Maya Plank 
Tala Springer, Eddie Strickland, Art Zentgraf, Jennifer Thomas, and S. Lance Fortner. 



pie seeking something more in their 
lives than the "Emerald City" of eco- 
nomic opportunity across the border. 
"They're searching for something so 



Central District Gives $3,000 
To Ashland University Church 

Davenport, Iowa — Central District 
Moderator LaMoille Poffenberger pre- 
sented a $3,000 check from the Central 
District to Dr. Michael Gleason recently 
in support of the new Brethren church 
on the Ashland University campus. 

The presentation was made at the 
Central District's Davenport Confer- 
ence, held January 31 and February 1. 
Dr. Gleason, Director of Religious Life 
at Ashland University, was the speaker 
for the conference 

The unsolicited gift was in fulfillment 
of a project undertaken on its own in- 
itiative by the Central District to pro- 
vide support for the University Church. 

Dr. Gleason said that the gift was a 
"God-send" for the new congregation, 
which was begun with very little fund- 
ing. He praised the people of the Central 
District for their vision and their excite- 
ment about this new ministry on the 
Ashland University campus. 

July/August 1992 



He said that the money was used for 
start-up expenses and to purchase 150 
hymnals for the University Church. 

— reported by Sue Michael 




Photo by Cathy Poffenberger 
Central District Moderator LaMoille Pof- 
fenberger (I.) hands a $3,000 check to Dr. 
Michael Gleason for the University Church. 



humanity, compassion, and warmth real- 
ly made an impression on us," he added. 

The pastor at the church where the 
students held the evening services said 
that the students' presence revitalized 
the parish. He expected many who came 
for the first time while the students 
were there to return. 

"1 believe God wanted us to go there," 
Strickland said. "We didn't know what 
we were going to do there, but we got to 
tell them our feelings and beliefs — and 
they seemed so encouraged by that. 

"I think we all learned a lot about oxir 
own Christianity." 

HOPE Fellowship raised more than 
$4,000 through car washes and other 
activities to help cover traveling costs 
and to purchase nearly 200 Spanish 
New Testaments. They also received 
donations from the University Church 
and from congregations in New York, 
Pennsylvania, and Ohio. 

HOPE Fellowship is one aspect of the 
work supported by Brethren gifts to the 
Ashland University Campus Ministry. 

Studies have shown that the more 
you watch television, the less you read 
the Bible and the less you go to church. 
In fact, television has become the "new 
religion" for many Americans. 

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UPDATE 



Group from Corinth Brethren Church 
Takes Tour of Our Nation's Capital 



Twelve Mile, Ind. — Thirty-six mem- 
bers and friends of the Corinth Breth- 
ren Church spent June 8-12 on a tour of 
Washington, D.C., led by Corinth pastor 
Rev. Bill Brady and his wife, Lynne. 

The tour included visits to Mount 
Vernon, George Washington's Grist 
Mill, Ford's Theater, the Peterson 
House (where Abraham Lincoln died), 
the White House, Capitol, Supreme 
Court building, Washington Monu- 
ment, FBI building, amd the Lincoln and 
Jefferson Memorials. The final day was 
spent at the Smithsonian Institute 
building of the tourist's choice, with 
most members of the group heading 
straight for the Air and Space Museum. 

Highlights of the Washington tour 
were a visit to the Viet Nam Veteran's 
Memorial, seeing the changing of the 
guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Sol- 
dier, and touring the city at night. In 
addition, tour members got their first- 
ever subway ride on the Washington, 
D.C., Metro. 

Also included in this special package 



Inn 



WELCOME 

CORINTH BRETHRtM 
CHURCK 



was a trip to Baltimore to 
take in a baseball game 
between the Baltimore 
Orioles and the Boston 
Red Sox at major league 
baseball's newest stad- 
ium, Oriole Park at Cam- 
den Yards. The group 
also enjoyed a picnic on 
the Chesapeake Bay in 
southern Maryland, 
hosted by Pastor Brady's 
family. The children 
seemed to particularly ap- 
preciate the opportunity 
this picnic gave them to 
swim at the Chesapeake 
Bay beach. 

Travel arrangements 
were made through Car- „ ^ , r , , , 

riage Coaches of Chal- ^'"^ '^""""^ °f """ '""'' ^''''"P >'"" ""^ ^o""'^ Brethren 
mers, Indiana. Lodging Church was duly noted by their motel. 
was at the Mount Vernon Comfort Inn. first tour in 1987 for members and 

This was the second such tour led by friends of the College Comer Brethren 
the Bradys, who are natives of the Wash- Church near Wabash, Ind. 
Lngton, D.C., area. They conducted the — reported by Rev. Bill Brady 




What is Revival? 

The First Brethren Church of Roann, Ind., held reriitial services 
in March. Sandy Medsger, wife of Rev. Phil Medsger, pastor of the 
Roann Church, wrote the following account oftlie sendees. 

In ihe past, I really tliought I knew what revival was about. 
We'd carefully clioose our evangelist. Folks at the church 
would vohniteer for meals, and we would prepare our home 
to have the evangelist stay with us. 

We would also ask for peo|)le to sign a sheet promising to 
pray for revival. The response to this was never too good. 

We have had some response to our revivals in the past, and 
we felt that they were successful. Any change in even one life 
made it all worthwhile. 

This year we planned our revival for March 8-12, and again 
began to prepare. We believed that we should ask Tony Pica, 
|3astfjr of the Town and Coinitiy Brethren Church in Tampa, 
Fla., to be oiu speaker. We had heard from Ross and Norma 
Tnunp and from many others that Pastor Pica is really on fire. 
Some wondered if our church was ready for him! Nevertheless, 
wc stepped oiu in failli, without fear, and continued making 
plans. Fear so often holds us back. 

We made all the same preparations, b\it this lime, when we 
passed aroimd the prayer sign-iip sheets, we got almost three 
full pages, of names of people willing to pray for revival. I 
believe this made the difference. 

The Saturday before the revival began, the Men of Mission 
went to 26 families in Roann and invited them to the meetings. 
Then on Simday morning dining the Sunday school hour. 
Evangelist Pica began teaching some of us to be altar workers. 
Many had never actually led anyone to the Lord, and we knew 
we had to be ready to lead someone to Christ. We knew we 
had to do more than just comfort people at the altar. We 



learned; we prayed; and we were ready. 

Evangelist Pica presented a powerful message dining our 
first seivire. The altar workers began walking slowly forward 
during the altar call. This helped those who wanted to go 
forward but who were afraid to do so because they thought 
evei-yone's eyes would be on tliem. A few people went forward, 
and we altar workers felt good about just going to the altar to 
pray. I knew as an altar worker that I needed to have my heart 
right before the Lord before I could lead anyone else to Him. 

From Monday through Thursday the altar workers met to 
learn and to prepare for each seivice. We had a group of 20 
to 25 people ranging from teens to older folks. Eveiyone 
worked so well together for the Lord! 

Each night got better. We saw many come to the front of 
the church to pray. We truly found out what the altar is for. 
Ten people made fiist-tinie commitments, several rededicated 
their lives to the Lord, and many learned how to forgive and 
how to simply give their burdens to the Lord. 

Success in revival — how do we measure it? I guess the main 
way was seeing how the conversational prayers we prayed each 
evening before the seivice were answered. Seeing people allow 
the Spirit of God to sweep over diem and change them was an 
awesome experience. Seeing our oldest son come back tojesus 
and knowing tliat the Lord welcomed him back with open 
arms was almost more than I could contain. Knowing that God 
picked our evangelist, who came to us and iiiiiiistercd to us 
just what we needed, amazed me. But tlie greatest thing of all 
was seeing Satan defeated in our lives and in our church. We 
have power over Satan. He does not have power over us. 

We must use the altars in our churches. This is wliere to 
find forgiveness, mercy, peace, joy, and love. The altar is where 
we find Jesus. And finally, revival is a success when it's not just 
an emotional high, but when it's in our hearts and lives to stay. 

Praise the name ofjesns. [t] 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



Little Crusader 

Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder 
them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 19:14). 

Joy in the Journey 

When I asked one of my children to go to the store to pick up something I needed, I was 
surprised at the response I got: "I Don't know how to get there." 

As I thought about that, it did make sense. My children and I had gone to the store together 
many times, but I had always driven. My children got into the car with me, and never once did 
they question my ability to take us wherever we planned to go. Never once had they said, "Are 
you sure this is the right way?" They trusted me. 

Even if we had never gone that way or to that place before, or if I took a new way or missed 
a turn — no matter what was new or what went wrong — they trusted me to handle the situation 
and to get us to the right place. They never once had to worry themselves about what to do. They 
had complete faith in me. That's the way faith is! 

No wonder that Jesus said, "Anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child 
will never enter it" (Luke 18:17, niv). Jesus knew that for God to be our "King" — the one who 
rules our hearts and lives — we would need to have complete childlike trust in Him. That doesn't 
mean trusting God just to "save" us (to give us life forever with Him). It also means trusting Him 
to help us in our lives right now. 

One of the most wonderful things about God is that He knows us completely. He knows how 
we feel. He knows what we've done, both the good things and the bad. He knows exactly what 
things in us need to be changed, as well as when and how to do it. He knows what He wants us 
to do with our lives, what things we'll need, and how we can best serve Him. There's nothing 
about us He doesn't know. 

I get excited just thinking about this. If you think this is as wonderful as I do, maybe you'll 
join me in a short prayer: Thank you, Lord, for knowing each person — even me — completely! 
Thank you that because of this, I can trust you to lead me through everything in this life! Amen! 

God even knows all the worst things about us. And yet He loves us so much that He sent 
Jesus to die for our sins (see Romans 5:6-8). Take a moment now to look up Psalm 139 in your 
Bible. It's my favorite. It tells us that God knows us completely and that He is always with us. 

Talking about my children riding with me in the car reminds me of a journey taken long ago 
by the Israelites. It was when they were leaving Egypt on their way to the land God had promised 
to give them. But you see, God promised them more than just the place to which they were going. 
He promised them Himself, both there and on the way. 

In Exodus 13:17 the Bible tells us that God made the people take the long way to this land, 
because He knew that was the best way for them. (He always does what is best for us, too.) All 
along the way God was with them, telling them when and where and how to go, and when and 
where to rest. He gave them everything they needed. He gave them food every day, and even 
though the trip took 40 years, their clothes didn't even wear out (Deut. 8:4)1 

Many years later Jesus reminded us that God also knows all of our needs. So we don't need 
to worry (Matt. 6:8, 25-34). All we need to do is to trust Him and to watch for the clues He leaves 
us about which way to go. 

And speaking of clues, use the ones below to solve this important Bible verse: 

ADEG I LMNORSTUWY 

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(Phil. 4:19). 



July/August 1992 21 



UPDATE 



College Corner Brethren Church Honors 
Longtime Members of the Congregation 



Wabash, Ind. — Fourteen members of 
the College Corner Brethren Church 
were honored during the morning wor- 
ship service on May 17 for having been 
members of the congregation for more 
than 50 years. 

Six of the 14 honorees were present for 
the service, namely (with years of mem- 
bership in parentheses): Jessie Fiant 
(78), Florence Roby (77), Ruth Hullinger 
(73), Gordon Downey (71), Edna Hood 
(67), and Imogene Barton (53). 

Also honored, but unable to attend 
the service, were: Nora Smith (69), 
Irene Pries (68), Martha Emrick (63), 
Vemice Dean (62), Clarence Pries (62), 
Herman Tyner (59), Jessie Hawkins 
(59) (recently passed away), and Mary- 
Jane Mullett (53). 

During the worship service, members 
of the College Comer Church gave tes- 
timony to how these senior members 
had influenced their lives. The overall 
theme of these testimonies was the con- 
sistent evidence these longtime mem- 



bers had given of their love for Jesus by 
what they said and did through the years. 
Pastor Glenn Grumbling summed it up 
best when he said that these people 
were not being honored so much for the 



number of years they had been mem- 
bers as for the fact that their daily walk 
had spoken louder than their words. 

Nancy Grumbling read a poem en- 
titled "I Am Not Growing Old" in honor 
of the senior members. 

The event was organized by the Dea- 
con Board and was followed by a carry- 
in dinner and time of fellowship. 

— reported by Bonnie S. Lawson 




Honored for their many years as members of the College Corner Church were (I. to r.) 
Florence Roby, Imogene Barton, Jessie Fiant, Cordon Downey, Edna Hood, and Ruth Hullinger. 



Record Number Given Degrees 
At ATS Graduation Ceremony 

Ashland, Ohio — A record number of 
Ashland Theological Seminary gradu- 
ates received degrees May 23 when the 
seminary held its annual commence- 
ment ceremony. 

A total of 138 degrees were awarded, 
including one honorary Doctor of Divin- 
ity degree, 13 Doctor of Ministry de- 
grees, and 124 Master's level degrees. In 
addition, seven persons were awarded 
the Diploma of Theology in Black Church 
Studies, the first year this diploma has 
been granted. 

Five Brethren students were among 
the graduates who received degrees. 

Deborah M. Arbogast, a member of 
the Oak Hill, W.Va., First Brethren 
Church, was awarded the Master of Arts 
degree in Pastoral Counseling, with high 
honors. She is now serving as a foster 
care social worker at the Christian Chil- 
dren's Home of Ohio in Wooster, Ohio. 

Timothy R. Eagle, a member of the 
Ashland Park Street Brethren Church, 
received the Master of Divinity degree. 
Tim is a missionary candidate. He and 
his wife, Jan, will be commissioned for 
missionary service during General Con- 
ference. 

Terry Allen Colley received the Mas- 
ter of Divinity degree in Pastoral Coun- 
seling. Rev. Colley is pastor of the 

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Trinity Brethren Church in North Can- 
ton, Ohio. 

Sharon Cummings Hepburn, a mem- 
ber of the Ashland Park Street Brethren 
Church, received the Master of Divinity 
degree in Pastoral Counseling, with 
honors. She is serving as chaplain for 
the Ashland County Hospice. 

Leroy Allen Solomon received the 
Doctor of Ministry degree. Dr. Solomon 
is pastor of the Winding Waters Breth- 
ren Church of Elkheirt, Ind. 

The honorary Doctor of Divinity de- 
gree was awarded to Dr. Arthur M. 
Cltmenhaga, a churchman, educator, and 
former missionary with the Brethren in 
Christ Church. He has served in numer- 
ous positions, among them four years as 
president of Messiah College, three 



years as Executive Director of the Na- 
tional Association of Evangelicals, and 
four years as Director of Academic Af- 
fairs at Ashland Theological Seminary. 
He is currently an adjunct professor at 
the seminary. 

Dr. Joseph R. Shultz, president of 
Ashland University and Theological 
Seminary until his retirement July 1, 
was given a standing ovation during the 
commencement ceremony when it was 
noted that this would be the last ATS 
graduation at which he would confer the 
degrees. He was given a second, longer 
ovation following brief comments in 
which he reflected on his years at the 
seminary, first as dean, then as presi- 
dent, and the progress the seminary 
made during those years. 



Youth Groups at College Corner 
Take Over Church on June 21st 

Wabash, Ind. — Youth of the College 
Corner congregation took over the 
church on Father's Day, June 21, but 
only for the morning worship service. 

Guided by Debbie Sweet, the Senior 
Youth did the entire service including 
the message. The younger youth groups 
joined in to sing a special number. 

Jared White was worship leader. The 
sermon, "Father's Example," was a joint 
effort by Jeremy Sweet (who spoke about 
Noah), Ryan Sweet (Abraham), Steph- 



anie Shoemaker (the Nobleman), Andrea 
Sweet (Jacob), Jenny Sweet (Zechariah), 
Jason White (Joseph), and Kyle Shoe- 
maker (Jesse). 

Andrea Sweet was song leader; Kim 
Sweet read scripture; and Jesse Law- 
son, Caleb Hodson, and Matthew Hod- 
son were ushers. The morning prayer 
was offered by one of the older "youth" 
of the church — Gordon Downey, who 
turns 100 years old this month (July). 

Fathers were honored with a poem 

read by Laura Gray. The youth also gave 

strawberry pies to those giving winning 

answers to questions they had prepared. 

— reported by Bonnie Lawson 

The Brethren Evangeust 



UPDATE 



From 
The 




Glenn and Barbara Miller were ordained 
deacon and deaconess June 7 at the Vinco 
(Mineral Point, Pa.) Brethren Cliurch. 
Glenn also serves the Vinco Church as an 
usher, and Barbara as church pianist. The 
Millers have tliree sons, Nathan, Eric, and 
Matthew. Rev. Robert Hoffman conducted 
the ordination service, assisted by Rev. Carl 
Phillips, pastor of the Vinco congregation. 
A family-style dinner was held in the Fel- 
lowship House following the service. 

The Brethren Church of New Lebanon, 
Ohio, joined with other churches of the 
community on June 14 for a worship service 
at the high school stadium as part of Stage- 
coach Days in New Lebanon. The service 
was planned by the New Lebanon Ministerial 
Association in order to bring the churches 
together to show their unity of love for 
Christ and to openly display to the com- 
munity their desire to work together for the 
Lord. Choirs from the churches combined 
to form one large chorus to provide special 
music. Tlie sermon for tlie service was called 
"Making Jesus the Talk of the Town." 

Dr. David W. Baker, professor of Old 
Testament and Hebrew at Ashland Theo- 
logical Seminary and a member of the Ash- 
land Park Street Brethren Church, has been 
chosen to be one of the contributors to the 
Believers Church Bible Commentary Series 
being published by Herald Press. Dr. Baker 
will be writing the volume on I and n 
Samuel, and is also a member of the Edito- 
rial Council. The Believers Church Bible 
Commentary Series is a joint project of 
representatives from six denominations, in- 
cluding tliree Mermonite groups, the Church 
of the Brethren, the Brethren in Christ 
Church, and The Brethren Church. 

A recent report from Dr. John Guli, Gen- 
eral Secretary of Ekklesiyar 'Yanuwa a 
Nigeria (the Church of the Brethren in 
Nigeria, in which Brethren missionaries 
served for many years), indicates that this 
church is growing at a tremendous rate. In 
1986 the church had 129 local congrega- 
tions, a membership of about 45,000, and 
worship attendance of around 66,000. In 
1992 the church has 225 local congrega- 
tions, a membership of 100,204, and wor- 
ship attendance of more than 150,000. 

July/August 1992 



Tliree couples — Tom and Susan Blos- 
ser, John and Judy Clymer, Dick and 
Joyce Shinip — were ordained to the Min- 
istry of Deacons Sunday, May 17, in Tlie 
Brethren Church at New Lebanon during 
the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Rev. Lynn 
Mercer, former assistant pastor at New Leb- 
anon and now pastor of the Gretna Brethren 
Church (Belefontaine, Ohio), gave the mes- 
sage and assisted Senior Pastor Jim Black 
and Associate Pastor Ray Hesketh with the 
ordination. A carry-in dinner in honor of the 
new deacon couples and sponsored by the 
Ministry of Deacons followed the service. 

Approximately 55 members of the Bryan, 
Ohio, First Brethren Church participated 
in a ''50-Day Spiritual Adventure" during 
the seven weeks leading up to Easter. This 
"adventure" included individual study, 
reading, and listening to tapes; prayer 
partnerships; and a Wednesday night fel- 
lowship meal followed by a time of study 



and prayer. Sunday messages capped off the 
adventure by encompassing the materials 
covered in private during the week. A 
follow-up evaluation indicated that par- 
ticipants were overwhelmingly positive 
about the experience and in favor of a 
similar study/adventure for the future. 

Riverside Christian Training School of 

Lost Creek, Ky., is asking Brethren to save 
Hershey's candy bar wrappers to help it 
raise money. The school can get five cents 
for each wrapper. Any kind of candy bar 
made by Hershey qualifies, which includes 
Snickers, Mounds, Almond Joy, and many 
more (a complete list has been sent to pas- 
tors). Be sure to save the entire wrapper, 
including the UPC bar code. The candy bars 
must be 1 oz. size or larger. (The miniature 
bars you get in packages don't qualify.) 
Please send your wrappers to Riverside 
Christian Training School, Lost Creek, KY 
41348. by September 15, 1992, 




ing as ushers for worship services and helping with Junior Church. They have also been 
very active in other church activities, church camp, and maintenance of the church grounds. 
For these members of the Junior Class of the Stockton Church, ser\'ing the Lord is the best 
way to enjoy their summer break. — Reported by Hope O. RIgunan, Junior Class teacher 



In Memory 

Thelma Fish, 86, June 12. Member for more than 
70 years and deaconess of the Pleasant View 
Brethren Church, where she also served as 
church secretary and organist and was a W.M.S. 
member and officer for more than 50 years. 
Services by Pastor R. Keith Hensley. 
Flossie Roberts, 82, May 24. Member for more 
than 40 years of the Warsaw First Brethren 
Church. Services by Pastor Mitchell Funkhouser. 

Goldenaires 

George and Verna Straub, 60th, July 1 8. Mem- 
bers of the Vinco Brethren Church. 
Ralph and Lois Hutzell, 50lh, July 1 6. Members 
of the St. James Brethren Church. 

Weddings 

Allyson Kristine Bennett to Michael Ray 
Runkel, June 13, al the Muncie First Brethren 
Church; Rev. Kent Bennett, uncle of the bride, 
officiating. Members of the Muncie First Breth- 
ren Church. 



Michelle Maxwell to Alan Dillman, June 13, at 

the Flora First Brethren Church; Pastor Alvin 

Grumbling officiating. Bride a member of the 

Flora First Brethren Church. 

Cindy Myer to Steve Merrick, June 13, in 

Kokomo, Ind.; Dr. Mike Holloway officiating. 

Bride a member of the Flora First Brethren 

Church. 

Kristy Crouch to Phillip Johnson, June 6, at the 

Oak Hill First Brethren Church; Pastor Bill Skcl- 

don officiating. Bride a member of the Oak Hill 

First Brethren Church. 

Joy Duff to Tom Atkinson, May 30, at the Flora 

First Brethren Church; Pastor Alvin Grumbling 

officiating. Bride a member of the Flora First 

Brethren Church. 

Membership Growth 

Oakville: 4 by baptism 

Oak Hill: 1 by baptism 

Columbus: 2 by baptism 

Bethlehem: 4 by baptism 

Linwood: 3 by baptism, 1 by transfer 

New Lebanon: 5 by baptism, 3 by transfer 

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104th General Conference 

August 3-7 

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio 

Theme: "Put on the Whole Armor" 

Theme Verse: Ephesians 6:11 



The Brethren Church, as part of the 
worldwide church of Jesus Christ, is in- 
volved in spiritual w^arfare. 

Sometimes the Enemy attacks in subtle 
w^ays to erode our faith and bring dis- 
couragement; sometimes he launches full- 
scale attacks to defeat us and drive us 
aw^ay from our faith in Christ. 

This year's Conference w^ill focus on 
battle, on the w^eapons of our w^arfare, 
and on the victory that is already ours in 
Jesus Christ. 

Tlie 1992 Conference will feature: 

• Dr. Leith Anderson as outside speaker 

• Rich times of w^orship and fellowship 

• Addresses by Moderator Marlin 
McCann and Moderator-Elect Glenn 
Grumbling 

• Practical workshops 

• Introduction of new^ priorities for The 
Brethren Church 

Don't miss this year's General Confer- 
ence! Make plans now to attend, and com- 
plete the registration form on page 14 of the 
June Evangelist no later than July 22. 

See you with your armor on! 




Dr. Leith Anderson 



Ashland Theological Library 
Ashiand, Ohio 




# 




Dr. Arden Gil- 
mer (r.), presi- 
dent of the 
IVI iss i on a ry 
Board, led the 
commissioning 
service for mis- 
sionary candi- 
dates Tim and 
Jan Eagle and 
Todd and Tracy 
Ruggles. 



Commissioning of Missionary Candidates 

One of the highlights of this year's General Conference was the commissioning 
of four missionary candidates — Todd and Tracy Ruggles (left photo) and Tim 
and Jan Eagle. See page 2 for more information about these two couples. 



Missionary Candidates 
Commissioned 



degree with a major in religion/ philos- 
ophy. He entered Ashland Theological 
Seminary that same year and received a 
Master of Divinity degree from ATS in 
May of this year. 

Jan Eagle is the daughter of Mr. and 
Mrs. Donald Zimmerly of Orrville, 
Ohio. Her parents are members of the 
Smithville Brethren Church, and Jan, 
too, became a member of that congrega- 
tion. Following graduation from Smith- 
ville High School in 1984, she attended 
Ashland University, completing the re- 
quirements for a B.S. degree in elemen- 
tary education in 1987. She has since 
taken several courses in Christian 
education and missions at the seminary. 

The Eagles were married May 28, 
1988. For the past four years they have 
worked as supervisors at the Ashland 
County Detention Center. Jan has also 
done some substitute teaching. 

Todd Ruggles grew up in the Ashland 
area, where he was raised by his mother 
and step-father, Marcia and Charles 
Fritz. Like Tim and Jan, he attended 
Ashland University, receiving a B.A. 
degree (Spanish major) in 1987. Since 
completing AU, he has taken courses at 



FOUR missionary candidates — Tim 
and Jan Eagle and Todd and Tracy 
Ruggles — were commissioned for mis- 
sionary service during the Tuesday eve- 
ning service at General Conference. 

Tim is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie 
Eagle of Galion, Ohio. Though he did 
not grow up in The Brethren Church, he 
had strong Brethren ties through his 
mother Ann and his maternal grand- 
parents. Dr. and Mrs. L.E. Lindower. 
While a student at Ashland University, 
he, too, joined The Brethren Church 
(Park Street). 

Tim completed his work at Ashland 
University in 1987 and received a B.A. 

Cover photo identifications: 

Top photo (1. to r.), Moderator-Elect Glenn 
Grumbling; Dr Juan Carlos Miranda, Di- 
rector of Latin America Ministries; Tim and 
Jan Eagle; Todd and Tracy Ruggles; Rev. 
James R. Black, Executive Director of the 
Missioimry Board; and Dr. Ardeii Gilmer. 

Lower left, with Todd and Tracy during 
prayer of consecration: Grumbling, Miran- 
da, Moderator Marlin McCann, and Gilmer. 

Lower right, with Tim and Jan during 
prayer of consecration: Grumbling, Miran- 
da, Dr. L.E. Lindower (Tim's grandfather), 
McCann, and Black. 

"Reach Out and Touch Someone!" 

Fourth in a series of five articles on worship — by Kenneth Sullivan. 



the seminary while working full time at 
the Ashland Abbot (formerly Faultless 
Rubber) Company in Ashland. Todd be- 
came a Christian in 1981 and joined 
Park Street Church in 1987. 

Tracy Ruggles is the daughter of Mr. 
and Mrs. Robert Clawson of Kenvil, 
New Jersey. Following graduation from 
Roxbury High School in Succasunna, 
N.J., in 1984, she came to Ashland to 
attend Ashland University. She received 
a B.S. degree (majoring in toxicology) 
from AU in 1988, then attended Mans- 
field General Hospital School of Nurs- 
ing from 1989-91 to become a regis- 
tered nurse. For the past year and a half 
she has worked as an RN at Samaritan 
Hospital in Ashland. 

While a student at AU, Tracy attend- 
ed Park Street Brethren Church, where 
she became a member in 1989. Tracy 
and Todd were married May 27, 1989. 

September 14 the Eagles and Ruggles 
begin a three week pre-field orientation 
program at Missionary Internship in 
Colorado Springs, Colo. They will then 
return to Ashland before going in Jan- 
uary to Cuemavaca, Mexico, for six to 
eight months of language training. 

An offering to help cover outfitting 
and training costs for the Eagles and 
Ruggles was received at the Missionary 
Board banquet on Tuesday evening of 
General Conference. A total offering of 
$4,075.10 was received. [f] 



THE TELEPHONE is a wonderful means of communica- 
tion. It enables me to communicate with family in Ohio, 
my daughter at college, and friends in other places. Through 
the telephone, the distance between family and friends is 
reduced to a minimum. It is not a perfect solution for con- 
tinuing relationships, but it is better than some options. It 
affords me the ability to "reach out and touch someone." 

Vital relationships draw their strength from quality time 
spent in communication with one another. Without the per- 
sonal touch, relationships grow stale and cold, like dry fruit 
on a dead vine. Friendship, which must never be taken for 
granted, requires constant nurture and feeding. When dis- 
tance and time separate people, the telephone becomes a 
means of overcoming part of the handicap. 

When my wife is out of town or I am away from home, 
we spend a great deal of time communicating through the 

Rev. Sullivan is pastor of the Milledgeville, III., Brethren 
Church. Tliis series of articles was first printed in the Milledge- 
ville Church 's newsletter and is being reprinted in the Evangelist 
at the request of the Worship Commission ofTlie Brethren Church 



telephone. It is our means of maintaining the personal 
touch in our relationship. There is a real difference be- 
tween a letter and the human voice. Though distance 
separates us and we can't see or touch each other, the 
sound of each other's voice is an acceptable substitute. 

Just as the telephone enables us to span the gap of time 
and distance between friends, so worship maintains the 
bridge of communication between ourselves and God. At 
no other time do we draw so near to our Lord as during 
public worship. The celebration of praise and prayer and 
responding in obedience to Scripture position us to hear 
God's voice and provide support for this relationship. 

If the vitality of human friendship requires continued 
nurture, how much more our relationship with God! As the 
Bible says, "Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence 

to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus 

Let us not give up meeting together . . . . " (Hebrews 10: 19, 
25; Niv). Just as we "reach out to touch someone" through 
the phone, let us reach out to God in worship. The time 
invested deepens and matures the most important relation- 
ship any of us can have. [f] 



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September 1992 
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Features 

Missionary Candidates Commissioned 2 

Biographical sketches of the four missionary candidates commissioned 
during General Conference. 

"Reach Out and Touch Someone!" by Kenneth Sullivan 2 

Our relationship with God needs to be nurtured through worship. 

A Gathering of Separated Brethren by Richard C. Winfield 4 

A report of the Brethren World Assembly held July 15—18, 1992. 

Moving Beyond Our Differences by Sue Ellen Ronk 4 

Reflections on the Brethren World Assembly. 

Sunday School: A Field for Discipling fey Glenn Black 6 

A Sunday school class provides one of the best environments the 
church has to offer for evangelism, nurture, and discipleship. 

"Take a Stand" by Marlin McCann 7 

The 1992 General Conference Moderator's Address. 

Special Section General Conference Report 

Inspirational Speaker Leith Anderson 11 

Missionary Board Banquet 12 

Conference Business Sessions 13 

Conference Miscellaneous 14 

New Moderator's Challenge 15 

General Conference Auxiliaries 16 

The BYIC Convention 18 

Ministry Pages Passing On the Promise 

Questions Congregations Are Asking fey Ronald W. Waters 19 

Testimony of a POtP Pilot Church Pastor fey Mike Woods 19 

ELA Reflections by Inez Schmucker 22 

Departments 

Update 23 

Children's Page 25 

by Jackie Rhoades 

From the Grape Vine 27 

The September — October Woman's Outlook Newsletter is in the center of this 
issue. 

Answers to Little Crusader page: 

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A Gathering of Separated Brethren 

A report of the Brethren World Assembly 
By Richard C. Winfield, Editor 



BROTHERS AND SISTERS from 
the Church of the Brethren, the 
Diinkard Brethren Church, the Fel- 
lowship of Grace Bretliren Churches, 
the Old German Baptist Brethren 
Church, and The Brethren Church, 
as well as several from overseas 
churches started by these groups, 
came together at Elizabethtown Col- 
lege in Elizabethtown, Pa., July IS- 
IS for a Brethren World Assembly. 
The theme of this historic gathering, 
held to commemorate the 2.'iOth an- 
niversary of the first known Breth- 
ren yearly meeting, was "Christ is 
Lord: Affirming Our P'aith Heritage." 

The Brethren Church was well 
represented at the Assembly, with 
28* of the 136 registrants being 
from our branch of the Brethren. In 
addition to the 28 who registered 
for the assembly, at least a dozen 
others from our denomination at- 
tended one or more of the sessions. 

The small assembly study sessions 
of the gathering (on Wed. evening, 
Thiirs., Fri., and Sat. mornings) were 
held in the Bucher Meetinghouse, a 
recently constructed building similar 
to the first Brethren meetinghouse 
in America, in Germantown, Pa. 
(stone exterior; unadorned interior 
with wood floors, unpadded wood 
pews). This room, just large enough 
to liold the 125-150 people in attend- 
ance, provided a close-knit setting in 
which to contemplate topics relating 
to Brethren history, doctrine, dis- 
cipleship, biblical interpretation, and 
lifestyle. The general format for eacii 
of these sessions was the presenta- 
tion of a paper, comments by one or 
two designated responders, and 
questions from the audience. 

Three of the nine presentations 
were made by Ashland Brethren — 

•John Allison, Richard Allison, Ray & Marilyn 
Aspinall. Charles Berkshire, W. Clayton Berkshire, 
James R. Black, Brenda Colijn, David & Carolyn 
Cooksey, Fred Finks, Jerry & Julie Flora, James Hol- 
linger, Marlin McCann, Juan Carlos Miranda, Jos6 
Rivero. Sue Ellen Ronk, J. William Shultz, Joseph & 
Doris Shultz, Dale Sloffer, Thomas & Donna Stoffer, 
Ronald W. Waters, Olivia Washington, Richard & 
Kay Winfield. 



"Count Well the Cost: The Brethren 
Pilgrimage in Discipleship," by Dale 
R. Stoffer; "The Vine and the 
Branches: Biblical Interpretation 
Among the Brethren," by Brenda 
Colijn; and "Brethren Ordinances," 



by Joseph R. Shultz. In addition, 
Ronald W. Waters was one of five 
participants in a panel presentation 
on "Church Governance," in which 
he explained the organization and 
polity of The Brethren Chinch. 



Moving Beyond Our Differences 



By Sue Ellen Ronk 



Attending the Brethren World As- 
sembly was a special experience and 
a broadening one for me. Here we 
were — all of us Brethren — but all of 
us very different in what we per- 
ceived "Brethren" to be. Some of the 
differences were obvious — the dress 
of the Dunkard Brethren and the Old 
German Baptist Brethren, and the 
cultural and language differences of 
the Brethren from Brazil and 
Nigeria. Other differences were 
revealed as speakers from the five 
branches spoke on the same subject 
but from their various perspectives. 

At the beginning everyone was 
very conscious of the differences and 
tried to be careful not to offend, even 
to the extent that we did not pray cor- 
porately or sing as a group because 
our methods are not the same. But as 
the days wore on, we became more 
conscious of those concepts common 
to all five groups. Where do our 
faiths meet? What does it mean to be 
Brethren? 

The goal of the first Brethren was 
Christlikeness — to live as Christ 
would live. To this end, the first 
Brethren identified and practiced cer- 
tain tenets: (1) a childlike faith in 
God; (2) a life of obedience to God; 

(3) unity with the other Brethren; 

(4) separation, or non-conformity 
with the world; (5) winning others to 



Mrs. Ronk is a member of the Ash- 
land Park Street Brethren Church 
and works as a reference librarian 
at the Ashland University library. 



Christ; and (6) service to others. 
These are still all Brethren tenets, but 
none of the present groups empha- 
sizes all of them as the first Brethren 
did; rather each group has singled out 
several of the tenets to emphasize. 
The first Brethren were more com- 
plete in their goal of Christlikeness 
than we are today. To leave out any 
of the above principles is to leave out 
a quality which Christ had. So where 
does that leave us? 

Perhaps different branches and 
denominations are the different parts 
to the body of Christ — they have dif- 
ferent functions, fulfill different 
needs, use different gifts, and pro- 
vide for peoples' differing tastes in 
worship. Together they are a whole. 

But whatever our differences, we 
knew that the most important thing to 
each one of us was that Christ is 
Lord (the theme of the conference). 
This we all have in common, and it 
negates all our differences. 

The climax of the assembly was 
our last night, which began with a 
sermon of worship and praise by 
Jerry Rora and ended with the sing- 
ing of the hymn "God Be With You 
Till We Meet Again." Not only did 
we sing it as a group, but we sang it 
to one brother or sister whom we did 
not know, facing that person, know- 
ing that God would be with us and 
that we would meet each other in 
heaven. What do earthly differences 
inatter? We have in common the most 
important thing of all — our obedi- 
ence to Christ, our Lord. [t] 



The Breti-iren Evangeust 




Most of the sessions of the Brethren World Assembly were held in the Bucher 
Meeting House (left wing in the photo above) of the Young Center for the Study of 
Anabaptist and Pietist Groups, on the Elizabethtown (Pa.) College Campus. 

of the Brethren in Brazil. Serior 



Thursday and Friday afternoons 
provided time for several work- 
shops, tours of the Lancaster County 
area (including die Ephrata Cloister), 
or leisure activities. 

"Brethren from Many Nations" 
was the theme of the Thursday and 
Friday evening sessions, which were 
open to the public and held in a 
larger auditorium. Brethren mission- 
ary Raymond H. Asjjinall presided 
over the Thursday evening session, 
which included comments by Juan 
Carlos Miranda (Director of Latin 
America Ministries for The Brethren 
Church) and a biief message by Sefior 
Jose Rivero, president of The Breth- 
ren Church in Argentina. Senor 
Rivero also made a presentation of 
plaques of the Brethren seal, made 
in detailed artwork by a craftsman in 
Argentina, to representatives of each 
of dre five Ameiican Brethren groups. 

Also on the program were two 
men, Onaldo Pereira and Cesar 
Romero, from an emerging Church 




One of the special blessings of the Assembly was the 
opportunity to meet and fellowship with Brethren from 
other groups. Above, Jim Hollinger of The Brethren Church 
(r.) chats with Marcus Miller (I.) and Fred Benedict of the Old 
German Baptist Brethren. 

September 1992 



Pereira gave his testimony of how, 
when to the point of attempting 
suicide because of personal and 
family problems, he began reading 
the Bible. He was so taken by Jesus' 
Sermon on the Mount that he tore 
these pages out of a Bible 
and began to carry them 
around with him. 

In time, he began to seek 
a church that taught and 
practiced these teachings, 
which led to his discovery of 
the Brethren groups and, 
subsequently, to a tie with 
the Church of the Brethren. 
His story was reminiscent of 
the experience of the early 
Brethren in Schwarzenau, 
Germany, in 1708. 

Tlie Friday evening session 
on "Brethren from Many 
Nations" was led by a former 
Church of the Brethren missionary 
to Nigeria, Roy E. Pfaltzgraff, Sr., 
iiid featured three 
; presentatives of 
the Church of the 
Brethren in Nigeria 
—John Guli (General 
Secretary), David 
Malafa (Chairman), 
and Esther Mangzha 
(women's represent- 
ative). In addition 
to doing some 
spirited singing 
along with other 
Nigerians in attend- 
ance, these three 
told about the 
progress of the 
Church of the 
Brethren in Nigeria 
(now more than 
100,000 members 
and growing at an 



astoimding rate), explained the im- 
portant part the women play in the 
church, and shared some of the op- 
portunities and challenges that are 
before the church. 

Saturday afternoon and evening 
were devoted to preaching, with five 
sermons (one by a representative of 
each of the five Brethren groujis) on 
the Assembly theme, "Christ is Lord: 
Affirming Our Faidi I lerilage." lliese 
sessions, teniied die "Large Assembly" 
and open to the public, were held in 
the spacious sanctuary of the 
Elizabethtown Church of the Breth- 
ren, to provide space for area Breth- 
ren (from 
all five 
; r o u p 




Senor Jose Rivero, president of Tlie Brethren 
Church of Argentina, holding one of the plaques 
he presented to representatives of each of the five 
American Brethren groups at the Assembly. 

branch of the Brethren came from 
as far away as Georgetown, Del., and 
Linwood, Md., for these sessions. 

During the first afternoon session, 
Jerry R. Young of the Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches and 
Robert Lehigh of the Old German 
Baptist Brethren Church delivered 
messages. Earle W. Fike, Jr., of the 
Church of the Brethren and Lowell 
Filbrun of the Dunkard Brethren 
Church were the speakers during 
the second afternoon session. 

At the evening session, Jerry Flora 
of The Brethren Church delivered 
the final of the five sermons. His 
dynamic message, based on the ex- 
altation of Christ in Revelation 5, was 
for many the climax of the assembly. 

The gathering concluded with 
brief comments by members of the 
Brethren Encyclopedia Board (in- 
cluding Josepli Shidtz from The 
Brethren Church), the major spon- 
sor of the Assembly. [j] 

5 



VOTE SUNDAY SCHOOL 



Sunday School: 
A Field for Discipling 



YEARS AGO, when I was in the 
Senior High Class at Park Street 
Brethren Church in Ashland, our teach- 
er, Jim Miller, posed this question one 
Sunday: "What does it mean to be Christ- 
like?" At the time, we all may have 
laughed at the possibility of performing 
miracles or of living without sin. 

But this question means something 
else to me today. I find my answer in 
Micah 6:8, where the prophet ponders 
another question: "What does the Lord 
require of me? The author's conclusion: 
"to do justice, to love kindness, and to 
walk humbly with [my] God." 

The preposition "with" paints an en- 
couraging picture for me. Though God 
has high standards for those who walk 
with Him, He in turn walks with them. 

If we walk with God through life, 
how is it going to affect our world? 
Jesus gives us an answer in Mark 12:29- 
31, where He says that we are to love 
God with all our heart (emotional life), 
soul (spiritual life), mind (intellectual 
life), and strength (physical life), and to 
love our neighbor (social life) as our- 
selves. This is when our walk with God 
will reach into the lives of others whom 
He places in our world. 

Now imagine yourself standing be- 
fore a room full of people. Each face is 
familiar and brings to mind an "attitude" 
of the individual. The Impulsive One. 
The Short-Tempered One. The Caring 
One. The Questioning One. The Honest 
One. The Outcast One. The Greedy One. 
Each is here with different needs and 
with a variety of ways of expressing 
those needs. Suddenly you come to real- 
ize that this is your Sunday school class. 

Though you may not have had the 
privilege of selecting the members of 
your group, Christ did. And He chose a 
group just like your class. He chose 

Mr. Black was until recently youth 
pastor for the Goshen, IruL, First Breth- 
ren Church. He resigned that position 
to become a full-time student at Ash- 
land Theological Seminary this fall 
During the past year he also served as a 
member of the Ekiucation & Leadership 
Commission of The Brethren Church. 

6 



By Glenn Black 

those who were full of diversity, 
promise, and challenge. 

You have this diverse group of people 
before you. Here is one of the best en- 
vironments the church has to offer for 
evangelism, nurture, and discipleship. I 
would like to share with you four 
aspects which I believe are a crucial part 
of the teacher's role in discipling the 
lives God has entrusted to our care. 

Loving: Teacher's must first recog- 
nize the importance of actively loving 
their students. In share groups and 
recovery groups, the Christian com- 
munity is reminded of the prerequisite 
of meeting the needs of those whom we 
are trying to bring to Christ. Jesus did 
this in His ministry to the Samaritan 
woman, to Nicodemus, and in countless 
other encounters throughout the Gos- 
pels, including those with His disciples. 

Jesus also used His love for the dis- 
ciples as an example of how they should 
love one another (Jn. 15:12). Jesus' love 
was sacrificial, and even though we may 
never be asked to lay down our lives for 
our students, we may need to sacrifice 
time and comfort to truly exemplify a 
godly love for them. 

Modeling: The second aspect is 
something Jesus did throughout His 
ministry: modeling. Teachers need to 
model Christ in their words and by their 
actions, both in the classroom and 
beyond. John 3:22 says, "After this, 
Jesus and his disciples went out into the 
Judean countryside, where he spent 
some time with them, and baptized." The 
Greek word here for "spent time with" 
literally means "to rub through." 

Jesus' intention with His disciples 
was to transform their lives through the 
witness and investment of His own life. 
Hebrews 12:2 reminds us that Christ is 
the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. 
He is the model by which we are to 
measure our lives and correct our ac- 
tions so that He may be seen through us. 
This is how modeling takes place in the 
Sunday school classroom. 

Teaching: I truly believe that it is 
essential for teachers to practice active 



loving and to model Christ before the 
third aspect can bear its greatest effec- 
tiveness. Teaching in many Sunday 
schools is the primary goal. But teach- 
ing alone will not change lives unless 
the teacher lives the message. 

Jesus took teaching to His audience 
and met them where they were. He 
spoke in parables to get His hearers to 
listen and in order to communicate 
truth. It was not simply a story time. His 
parables challenged, rebuked, and often 
disturbed the audience, but He never 
changed the message. 

Paul's words in II Timothy 3:16-17 
remind us why our "textbook" of scrip- 
ture is to be central in our teaching: ". . . 
so that everyone who belongs to God 
may be proficient, equipped for every 
good work." We, as teachers, must be 
careful that our teaching is based on 
scripture and that it is never diluted, but 
remains "living and active, sharper than 
a two-edged sword" (Heb. 4:12). 

Equipping: The teaching of scrip- 
ture is meant to equip those who belong 
to God. This takes me to the fourth 
aspect of teaching and discipling. It 
answers the question: Equipped to do 
what? The teacher must extend the chal- 
lenge to students to go out into the 
world, preaching the gospel. 

We are in essence preparing our stu- 
dents to be teachers. We want them to 
actively love others with the love of 
Christ. We want them to model Christ in 
their daily lives. We want them to know 
scripture and to be prepared to share its 
message with those whom God brings 
into their lives. 

Jesus" instructions in Matthew 28:18- 
20 weren't just for the eleven disciples. 
They are for all who have received sal- 
vation. We are all called to share the 
message of the gospel at every stage of 
our lives. This includes your students. 

Provide opportunities for them to 
minister to others. Challenge them to 
full-time Christian service. Allow the 
Holy Spirit to work in your ministry and 
to do miracles with your students. You 
may never be a Billy Graham, but one 
of your students could be! [f] 

The Brethren Evangeust 



"Take a Stand" 

The 1992 General Conference Moderator's Address* 

By Rev. Marlin McCann 



I CHOSE AS THE THEME for 
this 104lh General Conference, 
"Put on the Whole Armor," taken 
from Ephesians 6:10-20, wiih the 
theme verse 11, "Put on tlie full 
armor of God so tliat you can take 
your stand against the devil's 
schemes." 

I spent considerable time last 
year during the Moderator's Chal- 
lenge awakening lis to the reality of 
Satan and his strategies/ tactics and 
power in the world and of the 
greater power God has given us 
that we might be equipped to fight 
the fight with the armor of God. I 
have been saying at the various dis- 
trict conferences that prayer is the 
glue that holds the various jneces 
of armor together. 

Warfare prayer 

The term "warfare prayer," al- 
though new to most of us, is the 
title of a new book written just this 
year by Dr. C. Peter Wagner en- 
titled. Warfare Prayer, How to 
Seek God's Power and Protection in 
the Battle to Build His Kingdom. 
In his introduction Dr. Wagner says 
that in his research on the subject of 
prayer, he discovered three areas 
that are not adequately covered in 
research, writing, and teaching. 
They are: (1) strategic-level interces- 
sion, (2) intercession for Christian 
leaders, and (3) the relationship of 
prayer to the growth of the local 
church. 

Two statements that he makes are, 
I believe, important for us in The 
Brethren Church to hear: (1) "I do 
not see warfare prayer as an end in 
itself. . . . My chief interest is warfare 
prayer that helps bring about effec- 

'This is an edited version of the 
moderator's address. The complete ad- 
dress will be printed in the General 
Conference Annual. 

September 1992 




During a relaxed moment following his 
address, Moderator Marlin McCann takes 
time to hold his grandson, Bryce. 

live evangelism." And (2) "I believe 
God wants us to do a better job of 
evangelizing our nation in the years 
to come. And we will do it, in my 
opinion, to the degree we under- 
stand that the real battle is 
spiritual." 

In another book on spiritual war- 
fare written by Dr. Wagner entitled, 
Engaging the Enemy: How to Fight 
and Defeat Territorial Spirits, 
which is a collection of writings by 
17 veterans of spiritual warfare, 
he writes: 

I have found by personal ex- 
perience that one of the most dif- 
ficult lessons for the average 
Christian to learn is that our 
weapons for spiritual warfare are 
spiritual weapons. It sounds 
simple and it is in theory. But it is 



'C. Peter Wagner, Warfare Prayer 
(Regal Books, 1992), pp. 27, 38. 



difficult to practice because even 
those of us who are biblical Chris- 
tians still live much too much of 
our lives in the flesh. 

We are so used to trying to solve 
social and economic problems 
through polities, or legal problems 
through the courts, or personal dis- 
agreements through arguing about 
them, or international relation- 
ships through war, that to hear 
that God has a higher and more 
effective way through spiritual 
weapons is regarded as wishful 
thinking, even by many born-again 
Christians. This attitude needs to 
change. 

What, then, are the weapons of 
our warfare? The central, founda- 
tional activity for spiritual warfare 
is prayer. In one sense prayer is a 
weapon of warfare, and in another 
sense it is the medium through 
which all of the other weapons are 
utilized. 

If prayer is the central activity 
for spiritual warfare, the central 
attitude for those of us in the bat- 
tle is faith and obedience. 

What does faith do? For one 
thing, tlirough faith we establish 
our relationship to God. We are 
saved by grace through faith. Then 
once we are in fellowship with 
God, we move on from there to 
deepen our relationship with the 
Father through faith .... which 
cannot be understood apart from 
obedience to God. How do we know 
if we really have the kind of faith 
that draws us into a relationship 
with God? "Now by this we know 
that we know Him, if we keep His 
commandments. He who says, 'I 
know Him,' and does not keep His 
commandments, is a liar and the 
truth is not in him" (I John 2:3-4). 
Faith without works is dead. 

The proper combination of faith 
and obedience can be summed up 
in one word: holiness. Holiness 
means being so full of God that 
there is no room for anything else. 
That means that we no longer love 
the world or the things of the 



world such as the lust of the flesh, 
the lust of the eyes and the pride 
of life. Instead of doing the things 
of the world, a holy person does the 
will of God. If we pray with an at- 
titude of faith and obedience, the 
specific weapons which God has 
given us for spiritual warfare will 
be effective in defeating the enemy. 

The reason for sharing this think- 
ing from Dr. Wagner is that I believe 
we in The Brethren Church are on 
the threshold of a spiritual break- 
through, if we will allow it to hap- 
pen! Many events point to this, such 
as: 

Our focus on priorities 

1 refer especially to oiu" number- 
one priority: Becoming Like Christ 
(Spiritual Formation) — resulting 
in pray-ers and intercessors. I am 
encouraged that "The Brethren 
Way of Christ," which is a coopera- 
tive ministry between The Breth- 
ren Church and the Church of the 
Brethren in the Indiana District, is 
growing. The lives of both lay per- 
sons and pastors have been chal- 
lenged, and churches have been 
changed as a result of this move- 
ment. I would urge more Brethren 
to be involved in this or a similar 
ministry. The Lutherans have the 
"Via de Christo," the Methodists 
call theirs "The Emmaus Walk," 
the Episcopalians, "Tres Deos." 
Whatever it is called, the prin- 
ciples are similar. 

There are other materials available 
such as ''Spiritual Formation: A 
Personal Walk Toward Emmaus," 
written by Dr. Jerry Flora and Dr. 
Mary Ellen Drushal. Remember, 
we are in a spiritual battle! 

Another priority is: (4) Forming 
New Churches (Church Planting), 
resulting in evangelism. An impor- 
tant event related to this is the pro- 
posed strengthening of the posi- 
tion of an Executive Director. 

The major goal of the Director of 
Brethren Church Ministries is to be 
responsible for giving visionary 
leadership to The Brethren Church 
by guiding, coordinating, and im- 
plementing the priorities and mini- 
stries mandated by General Con- 
ference and its Executive Council. 

The commissions are always 
changing to fit our priorities. There 

^C. Peter Wagner, Engaging the Enemy 
(Regal Books, 1992), pp. 7-9. 



may be a concern that too much 
"power and authority" are placed 
with a smaller group of people. As 
long as Conference has a say as to 
who is placed in those positions and 
commissions and there are the 
proper checks and balances, I 
believe we can lay aside our fears. 
Dare we have such a high level of 
trust that we can accomplish our 
goals in this manner? I believe we 
can and must trust our leadership! 

I find it significant that Ron 
Waters since November has been 
part of the Denominational Prayer 
Leaders Network and attended the 
National Day of Prayer held in 
Washington, D.C., on May 7th to 
give us a prayer vision. 

Concerts of prayer 

Another important happening is 
our exposure to the "Concerts of 
Prayer" concept. At the National As- 
sociation of Evangelicals' conven- 
tion, several of us were awe-struck at 
the power in Concerts of Prayer led 
by David Bryant. In his book, How 
Christians Can Join Together in 
Concerts of Prayer for Spiritual 
Awakening and World Evangel- 
ization, David Bryant quotes from 
Lewis Smedes: 

We ordinary people cannot fit our 
lives into preformed, Styrofoam 
boxes. We cannot manage life as 
well as we would like, at least not 
in our secret places. We cannot get 
all the strings tied; it won't wrap 
up the way we want it. For us, sur- 
vival is often the biggest success 
story we dare hope for. 

Ordinary people feel too tired a 
lot. They come to church and listen 
to words about a grace that has 
made life all right at the core. But 
they are often so muzzled by self- 
pity, so shackled by anger, and so 
paralyzed by their own real hurts 
that they cannot find the extra 
reserve of power to open their 
hearts to the reality of Jesus 
Christ and the fact of his grace. 
God needs to open the door. 

The surprise is that God does 
give us the gift. Sometimes. And 
sometimes we accept it. 

Sometimes people are sure that 
everything is all wrong and they 
are tired of trying to make it right. 
Then God comes quietly to tell 
them that he is around them, 
above them, under them, in them, 
and ahead of them, and that with 



this surrounding shield of strong 
love, they are going to be all right. 

Sometimes people are in the grip 
of anger that chokes their hearts, 
stifles their joy, and smothers 
every intimate relationship. Then 
God comes in to break the chain of 
anger and liberate an ordinary 
person for a new try at love. 

Sometimes people live in quiet 
terror of their own death. Then 
God comes in to give them a reason 
for being very glad to be alive just 
for today. 

Sometimes people brood over a 
depressing memory of some rotten 
thing they did and cannot forget or 
forgive themselves for. Then God 
comes in to open their hearts to 
receive the gifts of other ordinary 
people's forgiveness and so come to 
forgive themselves. 

Sometimes ordinary people wrap 
themselves like mummies in the 
suffocating sackcloth of their own 
self-hatred; and God comes to open 
their eyes to the extraordinary 
wonder of their great worth. 

Isn't it wonderful that the power 
of God almighty is greater than 
any of the arrows Satan can fling 
at us! 

Bryant goes on to say that many 
Christian leaders believe that God is 
preparing to do what Smedes 
describes but on a broader, more in- 
tense, more earthshaking scale than 
any of us have ever known. A whole 
host of ordinaiy people are current- 
ly poised at the threshold of an ex- 
traordinary work of God in the life 
of His whole Church. And the world 
is waiting! I pray that we are on 
that same threshold! 

Last year I reported that the 
North Manchester Brethren Church 
had begun a Corporate Prayer Meet- 
ing time each Wednesday at 6:30 
a.m. In the 84 times we have met, we 
averaged 18 people a week who 
came to pray. I attribute the many 
good things that are happening at 
that chinch to the faithfulness of 
those prayer warriors who have com- 
mitted themselves to prayer. Any 
not-so-good things are usually due 
to the dumb things the pastor/con- 
gregation might do! 

I strongly encomage each Breth- 
ren Church to begin some type of 
corporate prayer meeting. Each 
church can determine the day, the 



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A Zarge number of members from the North Manchester, Ind., First Brethren 
Church — including the church's bell choir (above), directed by Linda Warner, which 
presented several numbers during the program — attended the Monday evening 
worship service to hear their pastor deliver the moderator's address. 



time, and the format that is best for 
it. I would also urge several men of 
each church to rally romid the pas- 
tor and begin to pray for him and 
the church. I know great things will 
happen! 

I say these things and quote these 
people because I believe it is not 
coincidence but God's happenstance 
that these events are meshing 
together. If all goes well, David 
Bryant will be at our General Con- 
ference next year to lead us in and 
teach us about Concerts of Prayer. 
There is so much to be learned 
aboiU spiritual life and spiritual 
warfare. Are we willing to be teach- 
able about the things we may not yet 
understand? "He who has an ear, let 
him hear what the spirit says to the 
churches" (Rev. 2:7a). 

Planting new churches 

I am encomaged that ihe GCEC 
and the Missionary Board are taking 
action to work even closer together 
than before in the establishing of 
new churches by the formation of a 
New Church Development Commis- 
sion. Members of this commission 
will include Missionary Board mem- 
bers as well as other resource per- 
sons from outside the board who 
would be added to enhance and 
broaden the perspective of the com- 
mission. This new commission will 
meet with the other three ministry 
commissions at the fall and spring 
meetings. 

In addition, there is planned for 
October 26-28 at Beulah Beach in 
Vermilion, Ohio, a Church Planting 
Planning Retreat where j^astors and 
lay leaders can share ideas and 
dreams. Perhaps out of this meeting 

September 1992 



will come a vision for a national/in- 
ternational church mission program 
whereby the whole denomination 
will cooperate together in jilanling 
new churches, focusing on when, 
how, and where churches are to be 
established. 

Let's work together 

Could I challenge us to think of 
working together instead of each dis- 
trict trying to plant a church within 
a certain district boundary? It has 
been very difficult for the smaller 
districts, yes even for the Indiana 
District, which is the largest, to 
plant a church because of person- 
nel and finances. 

The Manual of Procedure, in 
Chapter two. Section I, Article 7 
states: "Each District Conference 
may organize its own missionary 
efforts, or any charitable work 
within its limits, the support of 
which it can adequately provide 
for. No specifically district work or 
project shall have the right of ap- 
peal for support beyond its own 
limits" (italics added). 

I specifically point out the phrase, 
"the support of which it can ade- 
(juately provide for." Most of our 
districts cannot adequately support 
the planting of new churches within 
a district context! 

It's been almost 20 years since the 
Carmcl, Ind., Brethren Church was 
begim. In that time the Indiana Dis- 
trict has closed twice as many 
churches as it has started. I hope 
some of our other districts have 
done better! After 32 years of minis- 
try in The Brethren Church, I won- 
der about the way we do some things. 
Why does each district need a mis- 



sion board with budgets and per- 
sonnel trying to duplicate what the 
national board is doing? Why not 
a national board working with 
people near a potential site to do 
the groimdwork with the funding 
coming from all the Brethren 
churches? Are we willing to try it 
another way? I believe we will! 

This leads me to another con- 
cern, and that is our district con- 
ference structure. It was my 
privilege to attend all but two of 
our district conferences during 
my tenure as moderator. I ap- 
preciated this opportunity and 
enjoyed myself at these confer- 
ences, for it allowed me to renew 
some old acquaintances as well as 
to make some new friends. When I 
mentioned at the California con- 
ference that it had been 30 years 
since I had been there, one of the 
men said that it was good to have 
some of the old-timers back! 

Some of the districts are begin- 
ning to change to make better use of 
their time together. The fellowship 
is always good and appreciated. The 
business at most conferences con- 
sists of making and approving 
reports and little else. I would chal- 
lenge each district to evaluate the 
purpose of the conference and allow 
changes to be made. 

Most business could be handled by 
the elected officials. Let each church 
decide on the important issues by 
vote at a congregational business 
meeting. This will mean that infor- 
mation will have to be given to each 
congregation prior to the confer- 
ence. Have other times during the 
year when the Woman's Missionaiy 
Society, Men of Mission, and Elders 
could meet and take care of their 
business/fellowship. I don't think we 
have beeti very creative in taking 
care of these matters! Many of our 
districts have boards, ministries, 
commissions, etc., that duplicate 
those on the national level. 

District realignment 

Beyond this, I firmly believe the 
time has arrived to realign oiw dis- 
trict structure. If you want to work 
on a neat puzzle, get a piece of blank 
paper or a U.S. maj) and begin to 
draw lines and come up with an idea 
to redistrict our denomination into a 
few regions. Certainly there are 
geographical problems, but if the 

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politicians can do it with their voting 
constituency, the Brethren can do it. 
We dare not use negative phrases 
like, "We've never done it this way 
before" or "Our polity won't allow 
for it" or "It's too far to go there for 
conference" or "I won't be able to 
eat at my favorite restaurant" or "I 
won't know anybody there." 

We've changed our polity before, 
and we'll drive hundreds of miles to 
see a sporting event, and there may 
be an even better restaurant in 
another town! I know it may affect 
ownership of mission churches, 
camps, etc., but I believe these are 
obstacles that can be overcome. 
Would we even dare to dream that a 
few regional conferences and our 
General Conference could be lield 
on alternating years? 

We've got organizations, minis- 
tries and programs as if we were a 
denomination hundreds of times 
bigger than we are. We've spread 
our personnel, funds, and other 
resources so thin that we are almost 
anorexic. We are doing better on 
the national level as far as personnel, 
etc. However, it is time to address 
the issue of our districts. Brethren, I 
believe there is a better way! 

Recommendations 

This leads me to my suggestions, 
gentle persuasions, recommendations, 
or whatever you want to call them. 

1. I recommend that the Mis- 
sionary Board of the Brethren 
Church present to our districts and 
denomination a national church 
planting program designed to en- 
courage unified support and fund- 
ing in establishing new home mis- 
sion churches. 

This may mean the dissolving of 
our current district mission boards/ 
ministries as such, with their ap- 
proval, allowing tlie Missionary Board 
and other personnel the respon- 
sibility for initiating new chinches. 
This certainly implies that district 
people could be used in the process 
of doing the groundwork. This may 
further mean that mission dollars 
currently designated for district use 
could be used to plant a new church 
in another area of the nation. Under 
our current system, tliree districts 
could each begin a new church in 
its district at the same time. I 
know of no district that has the 



funds to bring it to completion, so 
they each would turn to the na- 
tional Missionary Board for help. 
What funds the national board has 
would have to be divided among 
those districts, thereby weakening 
the support of all three. Why not 
let the national board determine 
where one church at a time would 
be planted and then let the whole 
denomination support it? 

2. I recommend that we expand 
the office and personnel of pastoral 
ministries. 

One person working out of Ash- 
land cannot adequately service die 
whole denomination. The Indiana 
District has a part-time person serv- 
ing that district, but I believe the 
work could be expanded to help in 
this critical area of ministry. GCEC 
and the Indiana District have made 
some initial inciuirics as to how this 
might be done. 1 believe the Breth- 
ren pastors and congregations could 
be better serve<l by more than one 
person. By going to a regional align- 
ment would help accomplish this. 
Tiierefore: 

3. I recommend that we realign 
our nine districts into several 
regions. 

The Manual of Procedure, Chap- 
ter 2, Section I, The District An- 
nual Conference, Article 1 states; 
"The whole territory embraced by 



the church shall be divided by the 
General Conference into conven- 
ient districts. Old districts may be 
divided or their boundaries changed 
and new districts may be formed 
as the wisdom of General Confer- 
ence may determine, providing, 
however, that no existing district 
shall be divided or its boundaries 
changed without the consent of 
such District." 

I believe it should be the respon- 
sibility of the General Conference 
Executive Council to present a viable 
plan to the 1993 General Confer- 
ence. During that next year each dis- 
trict would have the opportunity to 
study, discuss, and decide how best 
the plan can be implemented with 
their best interests in mind. Upon a 
favorable decision by each district, 
the realignment would become 
reality upon a "YES" vole by the 
delegates to the 1994 General Con- 
ference. 

We must do the best things 

Our past history has shown that 
The Brethren Church has done many 
good and fine things. No one can 
deny that. But as we head into the 
21st Century, we must concentrate 
on doing the best things. We must be 
obedient to the direction of the 
Lord and be willing to make the 
necessary sacrifices and changes to 
be a strong influence here and 
around the world! [f] 



General Conference Action on the Moderator's Recommendations 



General Conference adopted the fol- 
lowing responses to Rev. McCann's 
tliree moderator's recommendations: 

Recommendation 1: that the Mis- 
sionary Board of the Brethren Church 
present to our districts and denomina- 
tion a national church planting program 
designed to encourage unified support 
and funding in establishing new home 
mission churches. 

Response: We direct the Missionary 
Board and its New Church Develop- 
inent Commission to draw from the best 
thinking of the Church Planting Plan- 
ning Retreat (to be held October 26-28, 
1992, at Beulah Beach Retreat Center, 
Vermilion, Ohio) and other resources to 
develop a national church planting 
strategy for the remainder of this 
decade, to be introduced at the 1993 
General Conference. We also ask dis- 
trict mission boards and representatives 
of local congregations to actively par- 
ticipate in the planning retreat and to 



cooperate in developing a Spirit- 
directed strategy that will honor Christ 
and reach many of the lost with the 
message of His salvation. 

Recommendation 2: that General 
Conference expand the office and per- 
sonnel of pastoral ministries. 

Response: We direct the General 
Conference Executive Council (GCEC) 
to conduct a study during the coming 
Conference year, drawing on the ex- 
perience of the Indiana District. We also 
direct that this study result in a solid 
proposal for presentation to the 1992 
General Conference. 

Recommendation 3: that the 
denomination realign our nine districts 
into several regions. 

Response: We direct GCEC to study 
viable options for making district minis- 
try more effective, including possible 
realignment, in accomplishing God's pur- 
poses for us, with a proposal to be pre- 
sented to tlie 1993 General Conference. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



General Conference Report 



A Call to 



"Put on the Whole Armor" 

At the 1 04th General Conference 
of The Brethren Church 

Held August 3-7 at Ashland University 



Inspirational Speaker Leith Anderson Tells 
How to be Fully Prepared for Life's Battles 



LIFE'S BATTLES are not what 
they appear to be, said Dr. Leith 
Anderson, pastor of Wooddale Church 
in Eden Prairie, Minn., in the first of 
his three inspirational messages at 
General Conference. 

Speaking on the subject, "What's 
Really Behind Life's Battles?" Dr. 
Anderson said that in order to under- 
stand life's struggles, whether personal 
or societal, we must realize that these 
conflicts are not explained by human 
interactions of cause and effect. The 
core truth of the Christian world view 
is that life's battles are against evil 
beings that we can't see — against prin- 
cipalities, against powers, against 
spiritual forces of evil (Eph. 6:12). 

These enemy forces are extremely 
powerful and highly sophisticated. 
Satan and his echelons can set up 
governments, initiate wars, meddle in 
human affairs, and cause absolute havoc. 
The evil one uses every dirty trick 
available in order to win the battle for 
his side against God. 

As Christians, we can't escape the 
battle. Satan and God do not have any 
territories that are exempt. One of the 
grave dangers we face is that we will 
be drawn into the enemy's thought 
patterns — that we will adopt his be- 
liefs, perspective, and world view, and 
no longer be soldiers of Jesus Christ. 

Despite the bleakness of this out- 
look, the Apostle Paul assures us that 
life's battles can be won. They can be 
won when we are armed by God — that 
is, if we put on the whole armor of 
God. The basic issue, Anderson said, 
is one of loyalty. The question is not 
whether or not we will be armed for 
life's battles, since only a fool goes 
into battle unarmed. The real question 




Dr. Leith Anderson 

is, "Whose armor will we wear — God's 
or Satan's? 

The lordship of Jesus Christ in our 
lives is critical to everything else if we 
are serious about being victorious. 
And the test of that loyalty is obedi- 
ence. When Jesus redeemed us, it was 
not to exempt us from life's battles, 
but to free us to follow Him. He is to 
be our Lord and Commanding Officer, 
for He is the only one who can equip 
us to stand against the enemy. With 
Christ's armor, we are invincible in 
God's power. 

IN his second message, "God's 
Panoply for Our Problems," Ander- 
son examined in detail the armor that 
God has provided for Christians as 
they face life's battles. He stated that 
when ordinary, vulnerable people put 
on these pieces of armor, they are 
transformed into unconquerable war- 
riors in God's army. 

The Belt of Truth. The Roman 
soldier's belt or girdle was not techni- 
cally a part of his armor, but it was a 



basic garment, fundamental to all the 
rest that the soldier wore. In the same 
way, basic Christian truth is funda- 
mental to the Christian. We must know 
and accept God's truth about Jesus 
Christ, and we must live that truth. 

The Breastplate of Righteousness. 
The breastplate covered the Roman 
soldier from below the neck to above 
the abdomen, protecting his vital or- 
gans. It only covered the front of the 
soldier, because the Roman army 
operated on the assumption that it 
would always be on the offensive and 
would never turn its back to the enemy 
to flee. Tlie righteousness which this 
breastplate represents is the believer's 
right living. It is right behavior in all 
the minute aspects of life, lest cracks 
of hate widen to become murder; 
cracks of lust become adultery; etc. 
The vital organs of our Christian lives 
need to be protected by right behavior. 

Shoes of the gospel of peace. Some 
historians believe that the footwear of 
the Roman soldiers was an important 
element in their success. While most 
armies of that day fought barefoot, 
Roman soldiers wore cleated sandals 
which were securely tied to their feet 
and legs, making them sure-footed. 
Similarly, Christians need to have their 
feet firmly planted in the gospel in 
order to stand firm when attacked. 

The shield of faith. The shield of 
the Roman soldier was made of 
several layers of wood, then covered 
with leather. Before a battle, it was 
soaked in water so that if a fiaming 
dart became embedded in it during the 
fighting, the water-soaked shield 
would quench the flame. Groups of 
soldiers would also huddle together 
and use their shields to cover them- 
selves in front, above, and at the sides, 
enabling them to penetrate, fully pro- 
tected, into the ranks of the enemy. 

As Christians, our shield of faith is 



September 1992 



our total confidence in Jesus Christ 
and our reliance on Him. In Him we 
are able to extinguish the arrows of 
temptation and the darts of adversity. 
As we stand behind our Lord and 
together with others in the faith com- 
munity, we are able to advance against 
the forces of evil. 

The Helmet of Salvation. The hel- 
met of the Roman soldier was his most 
expensive piece of armor. It was func- 
tional but also beautiful, giving the 
soldier a degree of majesty. The hel- 
met of salvation is likewise expensive, 
costing the price of the life of God's 
own Son. While our salvation is in one 
sense a one-time experience, in an- 
other sense it is like a helmet that is to 
be put on daily, a daily relationship to 
Christ. 

The Sword of the Spirit. Roman 
soldiers practiced using their swords 
regularly; they didn't wait until they 
entered a battle to learn how to use 
them. Furthermore, they always 
entered combat with their right hands 
empty, so that they could draw their 
swords at any time. We, too, must be 
practiced in the Sword of the Spirit, 
which is the word of God — the truths 
of scripture. And, as Christians, our 
hands are not to be so full of the things 



of life that we don't have a hold of the 
word of God. 

Dr. Anderson concluded this mes- 
sage with the assertion that for Chris- 
tians, the battles of life are still raging, 
but that God has given us the tools — 
the armor — to finish the job. 

IN his final message, "Perpetual 
Prayer," Dr. Anderson began by as- 
serting that armor alone does not 
guarantee a victory. There is still a 
missing ingredient — communication 
with the Command-in-Chief, which 
for the Christian is prayer. He said that 
the best image of what the prayer life 
of a Christian is to be like is that of a 
soldier in battle carrying a walkie- 
talkie, with which he is in continuous 
communication with headquarters. 
Through prayer, we learn the Divine 
strategies by which we can overcome 
a very clever enemy. 

Using Paul's words in Ephesians 
6:18-20, Dr. Anderson made five 
assertions about victorious prayer. 

1. We are to pray all in the Spirit. 
All of our prayers are to flow out of 
lives that are lived in the very presence 
of God through the Holy Spirit. We 
need to exhale the things of the world 
and breathe in the things of the Lord 
so that our prayers are in the atmos- 



phere of the Spirit. 

2. We are to pray on all occasions. 
Prayer needs to punctuate our lives 
just as commas, semicolons, and 
periods punctuate our sentences. It 
needs to be a part of the routine oc- 
casions of life so that when crises 
occur, we are well-disciplined in the 
practice of prayer. 

3. We are to pray all kinds of 
prayers. Prayer is not just asking. It 
includes confession, praise, thanksgiv- 
ing, and general conversation with 
God about life and truth. Prayer that is 
primarily asking is a sign of an imma- 
ture Christian. 

4. We are to pray with all diligence, 
being alert and persevering in prayer. 
God often measures the seriousness of 
our prayers by our persistence. There- 
fore we need to keep on praying. 

5. We are to pray /or all the saints. 
Our prayers are not to be selfish — just 
for ourselves. Our victory depends on 
the success of others. Therefore we 
need to pray for our fellow soldiers in 
the battle with evil. 

The battles of life are real and they 
are raging. Dr. Anderson concluded. 
God calls us to victory, not by our own 
abilities, but through His supernatural 
power available by prayer. [t] 



Missionary Board Banquet 



The program at the Missionary Board 
Banquet on Tuesday evening of Gen- 
eral Conference had an Argentine flavor. 

The speaker for the event was Sefior 
Jose Rivero, president of The Brethren 
Church in Argentina. Sefior Rivero, a 
lay leader in the church, spoke of the 
opportunities and challenges that face 



Tlie Brethren Church in Argentina. 

Special music for the banquet was 
presented by three young women froin 
Argentina. Sefior Rivero's daughter, 
Marcela, played a clarinet solo, and 
Patricia Rivero (Marcela's cousin) and 
their friend, Gabriela Herrera, sang 
together in Spanish. 



Two Brethren missionaries to Argen- 
tina were given special recognition 
during the banquet. Rev. and Mrs. Ray 
Aspinall received a plaque and a 
standing ovation in appreciation of 
their 30 years of service in Argentina. 

During the worship service immedi- 
ately following the banquet, mission- 
ary candidates Tim and Jan Eagle and 
Todd and Tracy Ruggles were com- 
missioned for missionary service. 




Serior Jose Rivero, president of the Argentine Brethren Church, with (r. to I.) 
his daughter Marcela, Gabriela Herrera, and Patricia Rivero (a relative). 



Missionaries Ray and Marilyn 
Aspinall with plaque of appreciation 
for 30 years of service in Argentina. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



General Conference Report 



Conference Business Sessions 



General Conference delegates set 
the direction for The Brethren Church 
for the remainder of this decade by ap- 
proving a recommendation from the 
General Conference Executive Coun- 
cil (GCEC) setting "Priorities for the 
Nineties." The four priorities approved 
— under the theme "Promise for the 
Future" — were: 

1. Becoming like Christ (spiritual 
formation); 

2. Sharing our faith (Passing On the 
Promise); 

3. Training growth leaders (leader- 
ship development for outreach); 

4. Forming new churches (church 
planting). 

Delegates also approved two other 
recommendations from GCEC. One of 
these established four ministry com- 
missions for the 1992-93 Conference 
year (Spiritual Formation, Evangelism 
& Church Growth, Leadership Devel- 
opment, and New Church Develop- 
ment*), which are to develop objec- 
tives, strategies, and plans related to 
the above priorities. The second of 
these recommendation set local church 
goals for 1993 related to these prior- 
ities. (See page 15 of the July/August 
issue for more information about these 
recommendations). 

A fourth GCEC recommendation, a 
proposed change in the role of the 
General Conference moderator and as- 
signment of the title Executive Direc- 
tor to the Director of Brethren Church 



Ministries, did not receive whole- 

*The members of these commissions 
are as follows: 

Spiritual Formation— Mary Ellen 
Drushal (chair), Carolyn Cooksey, Jerry 
Flora, Dee Keplinger, and Brian Moore. 

Evangelism and Church Growth — 
Leroy Solomon (chair), Randy Saultz, 
Phil Stump, David West, and Mike 
Woods. 

Leadership Development— Kerry Scott 
(chair), James Hollinger, Charles Mun- 
son, Paul Sluss, and Kurt Stout. 

New Church Development — (formed 
from within the membership of the Mis- 
sionary Board) Dale Stoffer (chair), 
Robert Keplinger, Fred Miller, Reilly 
Smith, and Jim Thomas. 

After the July/August Evangellst 
was printed, a decision was made to 
recommend the title Executive Director 
rather than President. 



hearted support from delegates. Though 
the recommendation itself was ap- 
proved, the motion to make the neces- 
sary change in the Manual of Pro- 
cedure to inact the change was tabled. 

Statistician's Report 

The statistical report for 1991 was 
the most positive one for several years. 
Following a decline in membership in 
each of the previous two years, mem- 
bership showed a net increase in 1991 
of 262 (from 13,060 in 1990 to 13,322). 
There was also an increase of 587 in 
the number of family units (from 7,609 
to 8,196), and an increase of 332 in the 
Church Growth Index (10,277 to 
10,609). 

In addition, average Sunday morn- 
ing worship attendance was up 4% 
(from 10,843 to 11,273), and Sunday 
school attendance was up 1% (from 
6,784 to 6,857). Even average morning 
worship attendance as a percent of 
total membership was up, from 83% in 
1990 to 85% in 1991. The most disap- 
pointing figure was a marked decrease 
in attendance at women's groups, 
down by 36% (from 2,225 to 1,424). 

Other figures of interest: Gains by 
transfer were the leading source of 
new members (404), followed by adult 
conversions (335). More members 
were gained by transfer (404) than 
were lost by transfer (226). Reversion 
(backsliding members and roll re- 
vision) continues to be the leading 
cause for loss of members (564), but 
that figure continues its decline — from 
2,282 in 1989 and 703 in 1990. 

Elections 

Rev. Russell Gordon, Director of 
Home Missions and Church Growth 
for the Missionary Board of the Breth- 
ren Church, was chosen as the 1992- 
93 moderator-elect. He will serve one 
year in this position, then as moderator 
for the 1993-94 Conference year. 

Also elected to GCEC (for three- 
year terms) were Rev. James Miller, 
pastor of the Carmel, Ind., Brethren 
Church (member at large); Rev. 
Patrick Velanzon, pastor of the Beth- 
lehem (Harrisonburg, Va.) Brethren 
Church (East Region Representative); 



The Brethren Church, Inc. 


1993 Budget (in summary) 


Support and Reven 


ue 


Support 




Fair Share 


$430,000 


Contributions and bequests 


60,000 


Total Support 


490,000 


Revenue 




Fees for Memberships 




and Conferences 


49,000 


Fees for Materials 


145,000 


Investment Income 


21,000 


Miscellaneous Revenue 


1,000 


Total Revenue 


216,000 


Total Support & Revenue 


706,000 


Expenses 




Designated Distributions 


104,000 


Materials 


122,500 


Printing, Travel, Rent, 




Equipment, Depreciation 


102,000 


Salaries & Related 


178,000 


Meetings and Ministry 




Projects 


91,000 


Conference 


28,000 


Total Program Services 


625,500 


Supporting Services 




Rent, Equipment, Deprecia 


- 


tion, Legal, Interest 


20,500 


Salaries & Related 


60,000 


Total Supporting Services 


80,500 


Total Expenses 


$706,000 



and Dr. Brenda Colijn, inember of the 
Smoky Row (Worthington, Ohio) 
Brethren Church (Mideast Region 
Representative). 

Budget 

Delegates approved a $706,000 
budget for The Brethren Church, Inc., 
for 1993 (see box above). Like the 
budget for 1992 (of $703,000), it was 
based on 100 percent Fair Share Sup- 
port from all Brethren churches. Un- 



Top Ten Brethren Churches In 


Average Worship Alter 


idance 


1. Brethren Fellowship 




of the Savior 


1,000 


2. Winding Waters 


431 


3. Park Street 


399 


4. St. James 


259 


5. Jefferson 


258 


6. West Alexandria 


232 


7. New Lebanon 


218 


8. Smithville 


214 


9. Nappanee 


203 


10. Waterbrook 


201 



September 1992 



13 



like the 1992 budget, however, it did 
not include a line item designated 
"Additional Projects If Funding Avail- 
able — $129,000," which could be 
dropped if 100 percent support was not 
realized. Rather, a list of reductions 
and project cancellations that would 
have to be made if total funding was 
not received was included as a note to 
the budget. Actual support for The 
Brethren Church has averaged around 
60 percent in recent years. 

Other items of note 

• Certificatesof recognition were given 
to 38 Brethren churches that gave 
their full Fair Share financial support 
to The Brethren Church, Inc., in 1991. 
They were — Florida: Bloomingdale, 
St. Petersburg; Southeastern: Beth- 
lehem, Liberty, Linwood, Mt. Olive, 





Top Ten Brethren Churches 
in Membership Increase 


1. Brethren Fellowship 

of the Savior 1 85 

2. Northview Brethren Life 85 


3. Winding Waters 


40 




4. Oakville 

5. West Alexandria 

6. Waterbrook 

7. St. James 

8. Smithville 

9. Roann 
10. Valley 


44 
41 
34 
33 
26 
24 
23 



St. James, St. Luke; Pennsylvania: 
Johnstown Third, Sarver, Wayne 
Heights; Ohio: Garber, Gretna, 
Louisville First, Newark, New 
Lebanon, Park Street, Smithville, 
Smoky Row, West Alexandria; In- 
diana: Ardmore, Brighton Chapel, 
Bryan, Burlington, Elkhart First, Jef- 



ferson, Kokomo, New Paris, North 
Manchester, Oakville, Peru, 
Roanoke, Teegarden, Wabash, War- 
saw: Central: Lanark, Waterloo; 
Northern California: Northgate 
Community. In addition, the Moun- 
tain View congregation of Frederick, 
Md., was recognized for contributing 
toward Fair Share Support in its first 
year as a class. 

Next year's Conference will be held 
August 2-6 at Ashland University. 
The theme will be "Witnesses to the 
World," based on Acts 1:8. 
The delegate total for this Conference 
was 397 (145 ministerial, 227 lay, 16 
district, and 9 cooperative). This is the 
lowest delegate total in at least the last 
six years, the next lowest being 400 in 
1990. The total number of delegates 
last year was 428. 



Conference Miscellaneous 



Special recognition was given to Dr. 
Joseph R. Shultz and his wife Doris 
during the Wednesday evening wor- 
ship hour in appreciation for their 
many years of service to The Brethren 
Church. Dr. Shultz, who retired July 
1st from the presidency of Ashland 
University, was presented a plaque 
from the Conference in recognition 
of, and with grateful thanks for, his 
service to Christ and The Brethren 
Church through Ashland University, 
Ashland Theological Seminary, and 
The Brethren Encyclopedia, Follow- 
ing the presentation, the Shultzes 
were given a standing ovation. 

It was also mentioned that the 



Shultzes will soon be going to Russia, 
where Dr. Shultz has been invited to 
be an adjunct faculty member at the 
University of Higher Education, 
teaching Christian studies and ad- 
ministration of higher education. He 
has also been asked to study the 
feasibility of starting a liberal arts 
Christian college in Russia. 
Approximately 200 people attended 
the World Relief Soup Luncheon 
Tuesday noon of Conference. An of- 



fering was received in the amount of 
$1,791.24. Of this, $620.62 went for 
the cost of the meal, and the remain- 
ing $1,170.62 will be used to help 
meet the needs of poor and hungry 
people around the world. 
Dr. Fred Finks was given a standing 
ovation during one of the Conference 
business sessions as an expression of 
appreciation for his ten years of 
service as vice president of Ashland 
Theological Seminary. 





Dr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Shultz 



A mortgage-burning was held Tuesday evening of Conference after the wor- 
ship service for the mortgage on The Carpenter's Shop, the Brethren Christian 
bookstore in Ashland. The $137,000, 20-year mortgage was secured in 1976 
and was paid off in 17 years, thanks in part to $19,108 contributed by the 
National Woman's Missionary Society from their 1976 and 1977 project offer- 
ings. Helping Pat Dovey (2nd from i), manager of The Carpenter's Shop since 
1985, burn the mortgage are (I. to r.) Board of Directors member Stan Gentle, 
former manager Jim. F. Black, board member Dick Winfield, board president 
Tom Staffer, board member John Rowsey, former manager John Gilmer, and 
former board member and past employee Ron W. Waters. 



14 



The Brethren Evangelist 



OlpuhUcaticfv ^thc (S^cthrew n^num's Missionary Socictu 




September-October 1992 



Volume 6, Number 1 



KEEP ON PRAYING 

The Acting President's Message, presented August 4, 1992. 



When talking with David and 
Deanna Benshoff, I told them I felt 
being vice president was much easier 
than giving the president's address. 
David suggested that I give my ad- 
dress as 506 East State Street, Hunt- 
ington, Indiana! However, I thought 
better of that, and I will attempt to 
bring a few of my thoughts concerning 
our theme, "Keep on Praying." 

Perhaps some of you are aware that 
the cover of our programs is a copy of 
a watercolor my daughter gave me 
several years ago. Her comment to me 
at the time was, "I know that you are 
in constant prayer for my brothers and 
me. So I painted this as a thought that 
you will continue to pray for us, even 
when you are older. We find great 
comfort in the knowledge that you will 
always pray for us." This was a good 
feeling to know that my prayers are 
important to my children. 

In Ephesians 6:17-18, we read. And 
accept salvation as a helmet and the 
word of God as the sword which the 
Spirit gives you. Do all this in prayer, 
asking for God's help on every occasion 
as the Spirit leads. For this reason, 
keep alert and never give up. Pray 
always for all God's people. 

The most powerful weapon on this 
earth is prayer. Have you ever prayed 
for something specific and then been 
utterly amazed when that prayer was 
answered? 

What to Pray 

First, we usually pray for those ones 
and things that are dear to us; our 
husbands, children, grandchildren. 
Our church. This year I have tried to 
pray for each society. I know many of 
you have prayed for me, and I am very 
grateful. 

We must know the One to whom we 
are praying; to know Him personally 
and to be able to call Him by name. 

Not like the dear little WMS lady 
who died and went up to Heaven. She 



knocked at the door of Heaven. God 
Himself came to the door. She asked if 
she might come in. God said, "You 
may, if you can give the name of my 
Son who came down to earth and died 
on the cross, and rose on the third day 
so you might have eternal life." She 
said, "Oh, that is easy. It is Andy." God 
said, "Andy? Where did you hear 
that?" She sweetly answered, "Oh, you 
know. 'Andy walks with me, Andy 
talks with me, Andy knows that I am 
His own.'" 

Just as a small child comes to us 
with confidence that we will help 
them, we must have confidence that 
our Lord will hear and answer our 
prayers. 

When we pray for a miracle, do we 
realize the word "miracle" simply 
means something which surprises. 
Something for which we cannot ac- 
count. G. Campbell Morgan tells us 
the only reason that men deny the pos- 
sibility of prayer is that they deny the 
possibility of things they cannot under- 
stand. To deny that God can answer 
prayer is to degrade Him. 

When to Pray 

When do we pray? Well, I often pray 
at the ironing board. It certainly beats 
thinking of all those white shirts I 
have been ironing for over 45 years. I 
also pray for my husband as he wears 
them to call on the shut-ins and the 
sick and elderly; and as he prepares 
and presents his sermons. I pray at 
work as I prepare two meals daily for 
about 400 people. 

The young woman, who with her 
husband serve as our church cus- 
todians, told me she prays for the 
people who usually sit in that pew as 
she cleans there. 

Some of the most impressive prayers 
I have heard come from small children. 
Several years ago when our first 
granddaughter was about 15 months 
old, we were in a very busy restaurant 
in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her 
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1. To God our Heavenly Father, for 
giving so many blessings in every facet 
of General Conference and for His 
guidance during the planning year for 
the national conference officers. 

2. To the national WMS officers for 
their leadership. 

3. To Helen Dickson, who served as 
acting president as well as vice presi- 
dent, and to her husband, Duane, for 
his helpful support. 

4. To Donna Stoffer and Deanna 
Benshoff for their continuing assist- 
ance and encouragement as past presi- 
dents. 

5. To Sandra Medsger and Marjorie 
Bennett, who were the song leader and 
pianist respectively. 

6. To those who presented beautiful 
special music: Jodi Majesky (High- 
land), the blind lady, who sang "The 
Mission" and "Find Us Faithful;" Mar- 
sha Nies (Falls City), who sang "Touch 
Your People Once Again;" and Martha 
Weaver, accompanied by Janice Row- 
sey (both from Ashland Garber), who 
sang "In the Garden," as a tribute to 
her mother, and "I Touched the Heart 
of God" at the luncheon. 

7. To Norma Trump (North Manches- 
ter), who gave first person portrayals 
of Biblical women for the devotions, 
and to her sister, Loretta Fanning 
(Tucson), who summarized the events 
of each woman, then concluded with 
prayer. 

8. To the ladies in the Pennsylvania 
District and participants (Jane Yoder 
and Sheila Nemeth, both from Valley) 
for the beautiful service of thanks- 
giving for the lives of 19 ladies who 
moved into their heavenly home. 

9. To the North Manchester Joy 
society and participants (Linda Immel, 
Helen Garner, Lila McCann, Joyce 
McBride, and Linda Warner), who 
planned the project ingathering for the 
girls' orphanage in India. 

10. To the Burlington society for the 
lovely table decorations: a woven nest 
with birds and flowers; the Bethlehem 

(continued on page 2) 



Keep on Praying (continued) 

parents. Her father put her in the high 
chair and, when we were all seated, 
she announced very loudly, "Now let's 
pray." It suddenly got very quiet 
around us. Several people around us 
smiled. A small child had taught them 
when to pray. She also had a little 
game she played at church on Sunday 
mornings. As her grandfather would 
close the morning prayer, she would 
try to beat him saying "Amen." Aren't 
grandchildren clever? 

How to Pray 

In 1966 Duane and I received a book 
from Clarence Stogsdill, entitled All 
Things are Possible by Charles Allen. 
The author wrote: "Kate Smith was 
asked to describe her philosophy of 
living. She said that it had been the 
same since she was a little girl, and it 
could be stated in three words: Try 
asking God.' Then she told the story of 
the beginning of that faith for her. 

"Once she and two other girls were 
out in a rowboat on the Chesapeake 
Bay. They did not notice they were 
being swept far from shore until it was 
getting dark. They were suddenly 
filled with fear. They cried out, but no 
one heard them. Then Kate Smith 
remembered a statement from the 
Bible that 'If two or three are gathered 
in His name, He would be with them.' 

"'We have the limit,' she told her 
friends. 'God will save us, if we ask 
Him.' They prayed and out of the gath- 
ering darkness loomed the lines of a 
boat. They were taken aboard and 
taken back to safety. From that time 
on, in trouble, in need, in disappoint- 
ment, in every circumstance of life, her 
philosophy was simply, 'Try Asking 
God.'" 

The position in which we pray is not 
so important as is the position of our 
hearts. Standing, kneeling, or lying on 
a bed of affliction — I have prayed in 
all these positions and He has heard 
me. Sometimes it is a great feeling to 
be out of doors and to lift our hands 
and hearts to Heaven and feel His 
closeness. 

You may have a formula you use for 
prayer; 1 have one, too. I like the ACTS 
method: A for adoration; C for confes- 
sion; T for thanksgiving; and S for sup- 
plication. Too often we skip over the A 
and C, briefly use the T, and then 
spend our time on S, telling God what 
He should do. 

In closing, let us pray together the 
prayer our Lord gave as an example to 
His disciples. The Lord's Prayer. 

Helen Dickson 



(MUsioKor^ <jMscdlcmj 



In the spring, Juan and Maria 
Miranda relocated to the Indianapolis 
area. Juan's title with the Missionary 
Board is Director of Latin America 
Ministries. Maria greeted the ladies 
and told about her continuing interna- 
tional radio program, which is carried 
by more than 600 radio Hispanic sta- 
tions. 'People £ire praying that God 
will work out their problems," she 
said. She distributes pamphlets on 
many subjects, which are in great 
demand. 

Maria interpreted greetings for Jose 
Rivero, the lay pastor and president of 
the Argentine Brethren Church. Jose 
was very grateful for the help of the 
WMS for its many gifts, including the 
purchase of the camp property several 
years ago. Now the Argentine Breth- 
ren have started mission work in 
Paraguay. He thanked Marilyn 
Aspinall for her dedication in teaching 
the ideals and work of the WMS to the 
Argentine women. 

Ray and Marilyn Aspinall have en- 
joyed a 3-month furlough, but returned 
in early September, just in time for the 
Argentine WMS conference held at the 
camp at Soldini, to which Jose 
referred. This is the 25th year for the 
Argentine WMS. Marilyn anticipates 
approximately 200 women will attend; 
for many this is a financial burden. 
Marilyn will be the inspirational 
speaker, using the theme of meeting 
crises (or, in American language, "So 
they don't lose it") and the text in 

In Appreciation (continued) 
society for the program booklets (Ellen 
Logan did the artwork) and cross book- 
marks; the Berlin society for name 
tags in the form of various styles of 
clocks. 

11. To the College Corner ladies 
(Linda Faust, Nancy Grumbling, Patty 
Sweet) who received the thank 
offering, which provides funds for 
benevolences. 

12. To the Credential Committee: 
Anita Hollewell and Dorothy Nelson; 
the Auditing Committee: Donna Stof- 
fer and Sharon Williams; and the 
Nominating Committee: Linda Immel, 
Linda Faust, and Waneta Finster. 

13. To the University staffs (hous- 
ing, grounds, and food) for their 
cooperation and efforts to make a very 
satisfactory week. 

14. To Candace Dickson Bemdt for 
drawing the praying mother, which 
was used on the program cover. 

Thanks be to God! 



Psalms 85:8. Under very difficult cir- 
cumstances, the Argentine wom^en 
bring money for their projects. This 
year their goal is $2,000 for mission 
projects and "They will meet it!" 
Marilyn predicts. Next year's goal will 
be S5,000 for the girls' orphanage in 
Argentina and the mission work in 
Paraguay. Marilyn and Ray were 
deeply moved by the love and inspira- 
tion of ovir Conference and anticipate 
being in attendance again next year. 

The national Missionary Board gave 
Ray and Marilyn a plaque in honor of 
their 30 years of service for the Church 
in South America. Their return to 
Argentina marks the beginning of the 
end of their m.inistry there; they will 
relocate, but they aren't sure where 
the Lord will lead them. Continue your 
prayer support. 

Another special missionary much 
closer home was Nancy Hostetler, who 
ministers with her husband, Doran, at 
the Riverside Christian School in Lost 
Creek, Kentucky. She appreciates the 
love and support given to the school 
and staff. Notes and cards are shared 
with all the staff. Labels are very help- 
ful in acquiring new equipment. She 
requested continued prayer for their 
work. 

All of the missionary ladies ap- 
preciated being remembered with 
gifts, greetings and notes. 

It was a joy to witness the commis- 
sioning service of Tim and Jan Eagle 
and Todd and Tracy Ruggles. They 
will leave in September for pre-assign- 
ment testing in Colorado and then 
proceed to Mexico for language train- 
ing and orientation. Keep them in your 
prayers. Your mail for them may be 
addressed to the Missionary Board of 
the Brethren Church, 524 College 
Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805. 

THE WOMAN'S OUTLOOK 
NEWSLETTER 

Published bimonthly in January, 
March, May, July, September, and 
November by the Woman's Missionary 
Society of The Brethren Church. 

Mrs. Dorman Ronk, Editor 

1325 Carriage Hill Court 

Ashland, Ohio 44805 

Subscription price, $7.50 per year in 
advance. 

Send all subscriptions to Mrs. Robert 
Kroft, 608 Twp. Road 1151, RD 5, Ash- 
land, OH 44805 

Woman's Outlook Newsletter 



HIGHLIGHTS OF WMS GENERAL CONFERENCE 



In keeping with the conference 
theme, "Keep on Praying," based on 
Ephesians 6:17-18, Maralene Trainer 
wrote the theme song, "Kneel Down 
and Pray." 

Have you ever stumbled along life's 
busy way 

Have you ever been troubled, from 
day to day 

Have you ever had doubts about turn- 
ing the right way 

Just look up to the Lord and kneel 
down and pray. 

Then come to the church, the doors 
are open wide. 

You will find a great blessing once 
you're inside. 

God will give you sweet peace; He 
will guide you all the way, 

Just look up to the Lord and kneel 
down and pray. 

Just kneel down and pray, ask for- 
giveness today. 

He is your loving Savior; Just kneel 
down and pray. 

Singing this at each session certain- 
ly set the mood for the meeting. 

The devotions were given by Norma 
Trump, which were fascinating as she 
portrayed some of the women in the 
Bible: Mrs. Jonah, the innkeeper's wife 
in Bethlehem, Mrs. Zaccheus, and 
Mrs. Noah. In subsequent newsletters, 
I will give a synopsis of each lady, 
based on comments by Loretta Fan- 
ning. 

This year the three special em- 
phases seemed very special to me. 
First was the memorial service. We 
Christians know that the death of a 
Christian sister is glory for her, and 
this service indicated that. Using a 
bunch of beautiful balloons and a few 
balloons which were neither inflated 
nor beautiful. Sheila and Jane com- 
pared these with women. Some join 
WMS and expand their lives. More 
beauty comes when they are deceased 
and expand their hearts and become a 
glowing example to us. They spoke 
about the influence many of these 19 
ladies have had in our lives and in our 
societies. 

The Project Ingathering was part of 
the luncheon program. On a large map 
of the world, the districts in the United 
States were outlined and a long piece 
of yam was attached. Far away was 
India with the Brethren work high- 
lighted. As the names of the districts 
were called and offerings were 
brought, the yarn from each district 
was extended to India, tying all the 
societies into the project of acquiring 
the orphanage for about 30 girls. It 
was a pretty sight and we all shared in 

September-October 1992 



the success of the project for the first 
year. 

The Thank Offering Ingathering was 
meaningful, also. Linda Faust said we 
have so much for which to thank God, 
especially in being able to do God's 
work. She used a poem written by a 
deceased member of the College 
Comer society, Anna Mullet, entitled 
"Flowers for Missions." When ladies 
presented their societies' gifts, they 
received a packet of flower seeds and a 
copy of the poem. 

BUSINESS 

The Credential Committee reported 
102 delegates and 9 national officers 
for a total of 111 delegates; 20 guests 
registered also. The results of the 
Nominating Committee's efforts were: 
President: Shirley Black (Ashland 
Hope), Vice President: Helen Dickson 
(Huntington), Financial Secretary: 
Joanne Kroft (Ashland Garber), and 
Treasurer: JoAnn Seaman (Ashland 
Hope). 

The Auditing Committee reported 
the books of the financial secretary 
and the literature secretary were cor- 
rect and in good order. The treasurer's 
books were audited by an outside firm 
and received a good report, also. 

Goals. The ABCs of WMS (Annual 
Basic Commitments) are just that — a 
personal desire to grow into a stronger 
Christian, closer to the Lord, so we can 
be a better witness daily. Grace Grum- 
bling, who compiles all the statistics, 
reported that 25 societies met all their 
commitments. She reported that we 
have 103 societies and 1,556 members. 

Commitments for an Individual: 

1. Have personal daily devotions, 
including Bible reading and prayer. 

2. Personally invite at least one 
non-member to your meetings. 

3. Read two books from the sug- 
gested list. 

Commitments for the Society: 

4. National dues of $7.50 per mem- 
ber and the revised Newsletter sub- 
scription list are to be sent to Joanne 
Kroft by October 31. Please be sure to 
correct the subscription list which vour 
society receives and return it by Oc- 
tober 31. 

An offering for the Seminary, a 
thank offering for benevolences, and a 
project offering for the girls' orphanage 
in India may be sent to the Financial 
Secretary. 

5. Support for World Relief and 
other benevolences. 

6. Correspond regularly with mis- 
sionaries. 

7. Support the growth of children 



and^r youth ministries in your church. 

8. Evaluate and report your 
society's accomplishments annually. 

9. Find an unmet need in your 
local church and fill it; i.e. kitchen, 
visitation, assistance to the sick, 
keeping the nursery clean and 
stocked with supplies, etc. 

This commitment is to receive spe- 
cial emphasis because it gives you an 
opportunity to see beyond the struc- 
ture and to act. Please send your ideas 
and success stories to me and I will 
share them in the "Here's an Idea" 
column. This can be a personal com- 
mitment, too. One good thing I heard 
on TV this summer was "Make a habit 
to do nice things for people who will 
never find out." 

Finances . Joanne Kroft reported the 
receipts for 1991-92 (I omitted the 
cents): 

Dues $11,539 

ATS public service offering 5,198 
Thank offering 9,555 

General receipts 438 

Interest 2.480 

Total $29,211 

Budget. JoAnn Seaman presented 
the proposed budget, based on the 
receipts. WMS always budgets money 
on hand, not money that is hoped for! 
The budget was adopted: 
Benevolences $18,770 

ATS 5,200 

Worl4/Home Missions 9,450 

Campus Ministry 1,620 

Riverside Christian 
School 1,500 

Scholarship, Ashland 
University 1,000 

Publications 8,230 

Devotional Guide 

Newsletter 
Other Expenses 2,200 

Administrative 

Social Security 

Gifts and conference 

Total $29,200 

Since conference, additional offer- 
ings have been received, and so, at this 
time, the thank offering total is 
$9,213.27. This fund is used for 
benevolences next year. The auction 
receipts were $555.00. 

The Project Offering total is 
$11,481.75. You will remember that 
the project was helping to acquire a 
property in India which would be a 
girls' orphanage. Just before con- 
ference, Prasanth Kumar located a 
building which, with some remodeling, 
can become the new home for 30 girls 
at a cost of $23,400! The WMS execu- 
tive committee recommended that we 
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Highlights (continued) 



complete the project. Because of this, 
the girls' orphanage will be continued 
for the second year and the $6,650 in- 
terest of the legacy fund will be desig- 
nated for the orphanage also. Not only 
will we WMS ladies purchase the prop- 
erty, but we also will help with the 
remodeling and furnishings! The Mis- 
sionary Board and the Kumars are 
grateful for this gift and will name the 
orphanage in honor of the Woman's 
Missionary Society. 

Appointed Officers. The Executive 
Committee recommended the appoint- 
ment of these officers, which the 
delegates approved: General Secretary 
— Grace Grumbling (Johnstown III), 
Assistant Secretary — Trudy Kerner 
(Ashland Hope), Literature Secretary 
and assistant — Doris Shultz and 
Kathleen Mack (both from Ashland 
Joy), Devotional Guide editor — 
Jeanette Sullivan (Milledgeville), 
Newsletter editor — Joan Ronk (Ash- 
land Joy), Subscription secretary — 
Ginny Hoyt (Ashland Joy), Sewing and 
World Relief — Joan Merrill (Muncie). 
SPECIALS 

Michelle Geaslen received the WMS 
scholarship. This is given to a Breth- 
ren woman for her senior year at Ash- 
land University. She is the daughter of 
Gene and Linda Geaslen. 

Anticipate a good year of studying 
the promises of God, as compiled in 
the Devotional Guide. With each study 
article are a memory verse emphasiz- 
ing the promise, a hymn, discussion 
questions, and a prayer journal. 



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n 



May Evans, representing the 
auxiliary at Brethren Care, Ashland, 
expresses their appreciation to many 
WMS ladies who contributed toward 
the purchase of their much-needed 
van. Since spring, the residents have 
gone for shopping tours, fishing trips, 
rides in the country, and to the site of 
the new building for the ground-break- 
ing ceremony during Conference week. 
The van is handicap accessible, so 
everyone enjoys and appreciates it. 

Your other gifts to Brethren Care 
are gratefully received, too. Greeting 
cards and notes, tray favors and gifts 
of remembrance have a great impact of 
love. 



We were interested in some of the 
comments which Grace Grumbling 
read; she didn't disclose which 
society's remarks she read, but they 
ranged from articles that were too long 
to those that were too short; discussion 
questions were too hard or too easy, 
etc. Remember, all these are sugges- 
tions. Make the devotional material fit 
your needs. Of course, we would hope 
you would stretch your thinking and 
discuss some of the pertinent ques- 
tions. Thank you, Jeanette, for another 
helpful devotional guide. 



SEWING UPDATE 

Once again the quilt auction was a 
success, as we raised $555 to help 
equip our two missionary couples, Tim 
and Jan Eagle and Todd and Tracy 
Ruggles, for service. 

Now, some thanks are in order: 

• Thanks to Kathy Mack for helping me 
borrow the quilt frame from Park 
Street Church. 

• Thanks to Christina Moyers for quilt- 
ing the wall hanging and taking the 
quilt home to finish for our high bid- 
der, Edna Logan. 

• Thanks to Virginia Hook and Mary 
Garver from Linwood for helping to 
set up the quilt frame, quilting many 
hours, and helping to take the frame 
down. 

• And thanks to all the ladies who 
quilted so diligently during confer- 
ence. I really appreciate all of you. 

The supply of quilt squares from the 
past is now pretty well depleted. So 
here are the guidelines for any of you 
who want to make squares for future 
projects: 

• Please make the squares at least 8V2." 
square. 

• The design should be less than 8" and 
centered on the square. 

• All-cotton fabric is preferable. 

• No liquid embroidery or fabric paints, 
please. The quality of the quilted 
items is enhanced by the needle- 
work — embroidery, applique, cross 
stitch, etc. 

• Please have all squares to me by April 
1, 1993. 

If you have any ideas or suggestions 
for the quilt projects, please let me 
know. Since the tote bags have been so 
popular, we will plan to make more 
next year. 

God bless you all. 

Joan Merrill 

9300 South; State Route 3 

Muncie, Indiana 47302 

(317) 289-2384 



Tklditor's Biduy 

Dear Friend, 

True to tradition, the Brethren 
General Conference was a family 
reunion! We are always glad to see 
friends annually and especially mis- 
sionary friends: Nancy and Doran, 
Juan Carlos and Marfa, Ray and 
Marilyn, and our new Argentine 
friend, Jose Rivero. 

Dr. Leith Anderson spoke about 
"What's Really Behind Life's Battles" 
and the need for being prepared before 
we enter into warfare. The best way of 
being prepared is knowing the Captain 
of the army, the Leader of your 
pilgrimage through this life. 

Prayer is the two-way communica- 
tion system. I frequently remember 
the verse, which was widely used in 
1976 when the United States cele- 
brated its 200th birthday. The verse 
was II Chronicles 7:14: 

If my people, which are called by my 
name, shall humble themselves and 
pray, and seek my face, and turn from 
their wicked ways; then will I hear 
from heaven, and will forgive their sin, 
and will heal their land. 

God's promise is sure, but it depends 
upon our behavior — humbling our- 
selves, seeking the Lord, and turning 
from wickedness. 

Prayer is certainly needed this year 
as we elect officials to lead our nation. 
More candidates than those who serve 
in Washington should be on our prayer 
lists; include state and local officials, 
too. Pray for the national WMS of- 
ficers, the denominational leaders, and 
for Ashland University during this 
transition time, when a new president 
is being sought. Add your local church 
officers and your minister to your 
prayer list. Use this list daily; it will 
make a difference. "Pray always for all 
God's people," Eph. 6:18. 

I had requested your prayers preced- 
ing conference for safety, etc., even for 
a week of good weather. Only if you were 
here, can you appreciate God's answer 
to that request! It was a beautiful week. 

The joys of conference were sur- 
passed by the birth of our grandson, 
Josiah Philip, who was born to Phil 
and Joyce Michael of Lanark Thursday 
morning. He is a miracle baby. Many 
of you prayed for all of them during 
Joyce's pregnancy and we thank you. 

I look forward to your letters with 
your plans for Commitment 9 and your 
ideas for the new WMS year. 

Your friend. 




Joan 
Woman's Outlook Newsletter 



General Conference Report 



New Moderator's Challenge 



Following his installation as moder- 
ator on Friday morning of Conference, 
Rev. Glenn Grumbling gave a chal- 
lenge in which he kicked off the 1993 
Conference theme, "Witnesses to the 
World" (theme verse Acts 1:8). 

Entitling his message, "The Supreme 
Task of the Church," he began by ask- 
ing what that task is. The Bible, he 
said, answers this question clearly in 
Matthew 28:18-20 in what we call 
"The Great Commission." Stated brief- 
ly, the supreme task of the church is to 
share the Good News about Jesus 
Christ with the whole world. 

He went on to quote Dr. Oswald J. 
Smith, who said, "The supreme task of 
the church is to evangelize the world, 
but there is not one in a thousand who 
believe it." 

Noting that Dr. Smith was talking 
about church members, and not about 
people in general. Moderator Grumbling 
explained that while most Christians 
say they believe that world evangel- 
ization is the supreme task of the 
church, their actions, particularly their 
giving, says otherwise. He quoted 
Andrew Murray, who said, "If only 
one-fourth of the members of Protes- 
tant churches gave one cent a day to 
missions, it would yield more than six 
times as much as we are currently 
giving to missions." 

Rev. Grumbling went on to say that 
in general, population growth is cur- 
rently exceeding Christian growth. He 
also shared the surprising statistic that 
America ranks not first but ]6th in 
number of overseas missionaries per 
capita. 

On a more positive note, he reported 
that The Brethren Church is doing bet- 
ter than some groups. But he immedi- 
ately cautioned that we must keep our 

Communion 

Approximately 400 people attended 
a beautiful Communion service on 
Thursday evening of Conference. Rev. 
David Cooksey, Director of Pastoral 
Ministries for The Brethren Church, 
led the service. Special music was 
presented by an 18-voice men's en- 
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eyes on what God expects of us, not on 
what other churches are doing. Great 
possibilities remain for the Brethren in 
missions. In India, we could start a 
church every week if we had the funds 
to do it, he said. We could be more 
involved in Nigeria. There are oppor- 
tunities in Eastern Block countries. 
Russia is a field white for harvest. 
Mexico offers endless possibilities. 

The problem is money. "If all Breth- 
ren people paid their tithes and gave an 
offering that was honestly proportional 



to God's blessing in their lives, most 
of our churches could triple, and some 
could even quadruple, their budgets," 
Rev. Grumbling stated. "Just think 
what would happen in our world evan- 
gelization efforts if our church had that 
kind of increase in offerings!" 

Looking at the flip side of this, he 
said that God blesses the congregation 
that carries out His purpose for the 
church. If God is not blessing your 
church, perhaps you should check out 
its involvement in world evangel- 
ization. Furthermore, missionary 
obedience promotes love and unity. 
"Do you want to eliminate discord and 
strife within your church? If so, get 
members involved in missions, and 
then watch love and unity in the 
church increase." 

Noting that reaching the world for 
Christ requires Christians to sacrifice, 
the new moderator posed this chal- 
lenging question: "How much are we 
willing to sacrifice so that others will 
at least be given the opportunity to 
receive Christ as Savior and Lord?" 



W.M.S. Luncheon Speaker 



Popular Christian author 
Mary Borntrager was the 
speaker for the W.M.S. 
luncheon at General Con- 
ference. Mrs. Borntrager 
shared experiences from her 
early life in an Amish home 
and also talked about Amish 
life today, including some of 
the problems Amish people 
face. 

Mrs. Borntrager said that 
following her marriage, she 
and her husband, who was 
also Amish, decided to be- 
come part of a conservative 
Mennonite church. 

Years later, when she be- 
came a grandmother, Mrs. 
Borntrager began writing 
about Amish life for her grand- 
children. Her oldest daughter saw 
the value of her writing and helped 
her find a publisher. She now has 
five books in print. 




Speaker Mary Borntrager (I.) with Helen 
Dickson, W.M.S. vice president (and acting 
president at this Conference). 

For more details about what took 
place at the W.M.S. sessions at Gen- 
eral Conference, see The Woman's 
Outlook Newsletter in the center of 
this issue. 



September 1992 



15 



General Conference Report 

General Conference Auxiliaries 



Brethren Elders' Association 



The major topic of consideration at 
the sessions of the National Associa- 
tion of Brethren Church Elders was the 
report of the study committee on the 
ordination of divorced persons (see the 
"Statement on Ordination of Divorced 
Persons " in the box below). Following 
considerable discussion and the ex- 
pression of many concerns about the 
proposed policy, the elders voted by 
more than a two-thirds majority to 
adopt the Statement, with the stipula- 
tion that the allowance for ordination 
of divorced persons be limited to those 
circumstances in which there is a con- 
sensus among the elders. 

A questionnaire was distributed to 
the elders to ascertain areas of consen- 
sus. The four areas of greatest accord 
(more than 80 percent agreement) of 
circumstances under which a divorced 
person might be considered for ordina- 
tion were (1) divorced but not remar- 
ried; (2) divorced and remarried before 
becoming a Christian; (3) divorced for 



reason of fornication (sexual im- 
morality) committed by spouse and 
remarried; (4) divorced but remarried 
only after the death of the spouse. 

Three areas that fell just short of 80 
percent agreement were (1) not divorced 
but married to a divorcee; (2) divorced 
for reasons of desertion by spouse and 
remarried; (3) divorced by non-Chris- 
tian spouse and remarried. 

Other significant events during the 
Elders' Association sessions included: 

• A message by President Gene Ecker- 
ley calling for a new vision for the 
Elders' Association, a vision commit- 
ting them to (1) prayer and the minis- 
try of the Word (Acts 6:1-4); (2) a 
servant ministry of self-giving; and 
(3) sincere love. 

• Adoption of a recommendation by the 
president to establish three commis- 
sions — Study and Research, Support 
and Nurture, and Benevolence — to 
aid the association in the implementa- 
tion of its objectives. 



• An armouncement that Brethren semi- 
nary student Jim Garrett would be the 
recipient of the Elders' Association 
$500 scholarship in 1993. 

• The re-election of Gene Eckerley as 
president; Gerald Barr as secretary- 
treasurer; Dan Lawson as assistant 
secretary-treasurer; and the election 
of Jim Koontz as vice-president. 

• A report that the 1993 Pastors Con- 
ference would be held March 16-18 
at the Stonecroft Center in Branson, 
Missouri, with the emphasis on wor- 
ship, prayer, and spiritual imput. [j] 



Significance of the 
Eiders' Decision 

What does the Elders' Association 
decision on the ordination of 
divorced persons mean? 

This decision means that when 
candidates who have been divorced 
come before the National Ordination 
Council for examination, such can- 
didates will not automatically be dis- 
qualified for ordination. Rather, each 
person will be considered on an in- 
dividual basis. 
(loiiliniipd on next piiiie) 



Statement on Ordination of Divorced Persons 

This statement comes as a result of the National Associa- 
tion of Brethren Church Elders' desire to follow God's will in 
evaluating divorced persons for ordination. Nothing in this 
statement should be construed in any way as condoning divorce. 

The National Association of Brethren Church Elders 
stands opposed to anything that fails to strengthen and sup- 
port marriage and family relationships. We are very much 
concerned that pastors both teach and model the sanctity of 
marriage and God's opposition to divorce. At the same time 
we recognize that all have sinned and fallen short of God's 
ideal in many areas of life. 

The primary concern of the National Ordination Council in 
the evaluation process should be to discern and clarify God's 
call on the candidate's life. Secondly, the Council should 
examine the licensee according to scripture in regard to: a) 
present character and attitudes, b) gifts for ministry, c) fruits 
in ministry. It should be understood that no church should 
pass on a candidate to the district examining board or the 
National Ordination Council unless that church is convinced 
of that person's calling to and qualification for ministry. 

In regard to the issue of ordination of divorced or divorced 
and remarried persons, the National Ordination Council 
should consider each case on an individual basis. The 
evaluation should take into consideration the following: 

1 . The candidate's divorce history. How much personal 
willfulness was involved in the individual's divorce proceed- 
ings? What events precipitated the separation? In what ways 
and how diligently did the individual seek reconciliation? Did 



the divorce occur before conversion to the Christian faith? 
How long ago did the divorce occur? 

2. Once the divorce occurred, what form of forgiveness 
and restoration has the candidate undergone? Who has the 
candidate counseled with and has there been an experience 
of forgiveness? What has the person learned and has there 
been growth as a result of the experience? 

3. How does the candidate's personality reflect issues that 
may have created difficulties not only in the failed marriage 
but also in the performance of ministry? 

4. The candidate's present marital status. How long has 
the person been remarried? What is the quality of the current 
marriage? Is it healthy? How does the candidate's spouse 
view the quality of the marriage? 

5. What is the candidate's current view of divorce and 
remarriage? What are considered to be justifiable reasons 
for divorce? What is the candidate's rationale, based on bibli- 
cal interpretation, for the remarriage of divorcees? 

6. Because of the pain of divorce, is the candidate more 
likely to encourage reconciliation of marital difference and 
discourage divorce or will there be a tendency to teach and 
model a less than biblical view of marriage? 

Having considered all factors mentioned above, the Na- 
tional Ordination Council should determine the candidate's 
suitability for ordination. Divorce or divorce and remarriage 
will not automatically disqualify a candidate for ordination. All 
candidates should be evaluated in the light of the first two 
priorities. The National Association of Brethren Church 
Elders calls all who aspire to ordination to live a life worthy 
of their calling in Christ Jesus. 



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Significance 

(continued from previous page) 
To better understand the significance 
of this position, one needs to know the 
process for ordaining elders in The 
Brethren Church and the background 
for this decision. 

The ordination process 

1. The process begins in a local 
church, when it issues a call to pastoral 
ministry to one of its members. This 
call is based on the church's percep- 
tion of that person's Christian lifestyle, 
gifts for ministry, and experience of 
the call of God. 

2. Upon the request of the church 
and the candidate, the district board of 
oversight meets with the candidate to 
exainine that person's call and quali- 
fications for pastoral ministry. If the 
board approves the candidate, it noti- 
fies the church that the candidate has 
been approved for licensure. 

3. The local church fomially licenses 
the candidate for pastoral ministry. 

4. After the candidate has been 
licensed for one or more years, the 
local church, if it deeins advisable, is- 
sues a call for the person's ordination. 

5. The district board of oversight 
again examines the candidate. If it 
again approves the candidate, it rec- 
oimnends that person to the National 
Ordination Council for examination. 



6. The National Ordination Council 
examines the candidate. If the Ordina- 
tion Council approves the candidate 
for ordination as an elder in The Breth- 
ren Church, it will so notify the district 
board, the candidate, and the can- 
didate's local church. 

7. The local church holds an ordina- 
tion service for die candidate during 
which the person is ordained as an 
elder in The Brethren Church. 

Note that this process both starts and 
ends in the local church. The local 
church issues the initial call to an in- 
dividual for pastoral ministry and it 
also conducts the ordination service. 
Bretliren pastors are not ordained by 
districts. General Conference, the 
Elders' Association, Ashland Theologi- 
cal Seminary, or the National Ordina- 
tion Council. 

Background of the decision 

Several years ago a person who had 
gone through steps one tlu"ough five 
above was recommended to the Na- 
tional Ordination Council for examina- 
tion. The members of that Council 
learned that the candidate was 
divorced and remarried. Having no 
stated policy to follow, the Council 
was forced to make its own decision. 
It examined the candidate and ap- 
proved him for ordination (and he was 
later ordained by his local church). At 
that time, the National Ordination 



Council developed a set of guidelines 
to follow in that situation and when 
faced with divorced candidates in the 
future. 

At the next General Conference, 
those guidelines were shared with the 
Elders' Association, where they got a 
mixed reception. The elders decided to 
study the matter further, and requested 
the Ordination Council not to approve 
any additional divorced candidates for 
ordination until the elders could come 
to some agreement on the issue. Follow- 
ing two years of study and discussion 
of this matter, the elders approved the 
Statement on Ordination of Divorced 
Persons, which allows for the pos- 
sibility of the approval of divorced 
persons for oidination under some cir- 
cumstances. 

Note that the statement is intended 
to provide guidelines for the National 
Ordination Council. It is not a direc- 
tive to local congregations or to dis- 
trict boards of oversight. Thus a con- 
gregation that conscientiously does not 
feel that it can issue a call to pastoral 
ministry to a person who has been 
divorced or divorced and remarried is 
under no obligation to do so. 

On the other hand, congregations 
that are undecided on this matter may 
want to take into consideration what 
the pastoral leadership of the denom- 
ination has said on the subject as they 
make their decisions on this issue. 



Brethren Men of Mission 



Messages by Dr. Mike Gleason and 
Dr. Doug Little, a video entitled Man 
Alive, and a memorial service honor- 
ing Brethren men who died during the 
past year were some of the features of 
the Brethren Men of Mission sessions 
during General Conference. 

Dr. Gleason, Director of Religious 
Life at Ashland University, spoke of 
the supportive role that Brethren Men 
of Mission can play in the Campus 
Ministry at the university. He reported 
on the progress of this ministry and on 
the active role Brethren students are 
playing in it. 

Using Acts 14:16-27 as his text, Dr. 
Doug Little, associate professor of 
pastoral counseling at Ashland 
Theological Seminary, emphasized 
that God doesn't leave Himself 
without witness. He shared several ex- 
periences of Christians who left a last- 
ing impression on his life because they 



allowed Christ to live through their 
everyday contacts with hiin. He en- 
couraged the men to share the gospel 
through a Christ-like lifestyle — by 
letting Christ live through them daily. 

The video, Man Alive, was a presen- 
tation of the Men's Life program, a 
programming curriculum for men's 
groups which the Executive Commit- 
tee is asking the Men of Mission to 
review for possible use. The video ex- 
plained the three-fold purpose of the 
Men's Life program — fellowship, as- 
similation, and discipleship — and ex- 
plained how to organize and plan 
activities for a local group. 

Virgil Bamhart was in charge of the 
memorial service. Sixty Brethren men 
who died during the past year were 
remembered and honored. 

Reports were received of the two 
church construction projects in 
progress this summer. Construction of 



a new sanctuary at the Gretna Brethren 
Church is nearing completion, but 
work on the new building at North- 
view Brethren Life in Springboro, 
Ohio, was just getting underway due 
to delays in receiving approval from 
government agencies. Volunteer help 
would be much appreciated on this 
project during the next few months. 

President Ken Van Duyne led the 
business sessions, during which the 
constitution and bylaws of the or- 
ganization were amended to clarify the 
process for electing the group's execu- 
tive committee and officers. 

(continued on next page) 



Woman's Missionary Society 

A picture of the W.M.S. lunch- 
eon speaker and notes about her ad- 
dress will be found on page 15. 
Details about the W.M.S. sessions 
are included in The Woman's Out- 
look Newsletter in the center of this 
issue. 



September 1992 



17 




During the closing session of General Conference, the youth surrounded the 
adults and took them on a whirlwind trip through the New Testament, dem- 
onstrating what they had learned in their "Walk Thru the New Testament. ' 



General Conference Report 

The BYIC Convention 



PRESS ON! was the theme for the 
1992 Brethren Youth Convention, held 
concurrently with General Conference 
on the Ashland University campus. 

On Monday evening, the youth 
joined the adults for the opening wor- 
ship service. During this service, the 
Faith In Action Award was presented 
to the Sarver BYIC group — for the 
second year in a row! The group ac- 
cumulated 1,861 points to win the 
award. Closing out Monday evening 
was the annual Coffeehouse, at which 
the youth shared their talents through 
music, skits, and readings. 

Each morning during the week the 
youth divided into groups of five or six 
to meet with an adult spwnsor for Share 
and Prayer groups. Then the groups 
gathered together for a time of worship 
at Morning Praise, led by Glenn Black. 

Walk Thru the New Testament pro- 
vided the youth with six hours of 
learning on Tuesday and Wednesday 
mornings and Tuesday afternoon. 
These were high-intensity sessions, 
during which the youth did their best 
to learn as much as they could about 
the New Testament. 

Tuesday evening, a worship service 
led by Dave Stone was followed by a 
concert by Brad Smith from Nashville, 
Tenn. Brad is a singer who enjoys min- 
istering to youth camps and conferences. 



Men of Mission 

(continued from previous page) 

Election of the Executive Com- 
mittee resulted in the following 
members: One-year term expiring 
in 1993 — Gene Geaslen, Curt 
Hamel, Dorman Ronk. Two-year 
term expiring in 1994 — Stan 
Gentle, Bruce Gorrell, Ken Van 
Duyne. Three-year term expiring in 
1995 — Dean Hess, DeWayne 
Lusch, Bill Shultz. 

Brethren seminary student Mark 
Teal was announced as the recip- 
ient of this year's BMOM scholar- 
ship of $1,000. 

Attendance for the three sessions 
averaged 47. [t] 

— Written hy the editor from Sec- 
retary Gene Ceaslen's minutes. 



"Mess-o-rama 2" gave the youth an 
opportunity on Wednesday to enjoy 
some outdoor recreation. This was fol- 
lowed by a joint picnic with the adults. 

The Wednesday evening program 
began with a worship service led by 
Jim Miller. This was followed by the 
annual Crusader Review. Two Sum- 
mer Crusader teams, the Pennsylvania 
District Crusader team, and seven 
Crusader Interns shared highlights of 
their summers of ministry. 

The BYIC "Informational Session" 
(business session) was held Thursday 
morning. At this session, the youth held 
district caucuses, made nominations 
for Steering Committee, reviewed a list 
of possible projects for the coming 
year, and cared for other business. 
Votes for the project and the new 
Steering Committee members {see 
photo helow) were cast that afternoon. 

Seminars on "Putting on the Whole 
Armor of God" and "Friendship Evan- 
gelism" were also held Thursday after- 
noon. Leaders for these seminars 
included Kim Howenstine, Mark Ray, 



Ryan Gordon, Ken Ingold, Eric Bar- 
gerhuff, and Billy Hesketh. A Youth 
Advisors session was held at the same 
time for the adult sponsors. 

Missionary candidates Tim and Jan 
Eagle were the special speakers for the 
Youth Missions Banquet Thursday 
afternoon. Also present at the banquet 
were all missionaries in attendance at 
General Conference as well as Mis- 
sionary Board personnel James Black 
and Russell Gordon. Tim and Jan 
served as the 1991-92 youth project, 
and they spoke on their upcoming mis- 
sionary service. Fellow missionary 
candidates Todd and Tracy Ruggles 
also shared about the upcoming train- 
ing, in which they will participate 
along with the Eagles. 

Following the Missions Banquet, 
Randy Saultz led the youth in evening 
worship and a Communion service. 
Super Praise closed out the evening. 

Friday morning the youth held the 
final session of their Convention, then 
joined the adults for the closing wor- 
ship service of General Conference, [j] 




Elected to the BYIC Steering Committee were (I. to r.) Chad Geaslen, 
Strongsville, Ohio; Troy Cummins, Bryan, Ohio; Sarah Hollewell, Lanark, III.; 
Annalee Hoover, Ashland (Park Street), Ohio; Tony Price, New Lebanon, Ohio; 
Andrew Crutn, Burlington, Ind.; and Stacy Oligee, West Alexandria, Ohio. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



Passing On the Promise 

Questions Congregations Are Asking 

What is Passing On the Promise all about? 
Ronald W. Waters provides answers to commonly asked questions. 



In a nutshell, what is Passing 
On the Promise? 

Passing On the Promise (POtP) is 
a 36-monlh process whereby per- 
sons and churclies discover new 
ways to sliare the gospel, work for 
growtli, and deepen their disciple- 
sliip. 

Why do we need it? 

Most of us as individuals have 
some fear or reluctance about shar- 
ing our faith in Jesus Christ. As a 
result, the good news of Christ is 
not reaching out to persons who 
are dying without him. POtP is de- 
signed to help us individually dis- 
cover ways to share our faith that 
overcome that anxiety. And POtP 
helps local churches become more 
intentional in their outreach. 

Where did Passing On the 
Promise come from? 

It was developed by evangelicals 
in the Church of the Brethren to 
help their congregations become 
more effective in sharing the 
gospel. We learned about it from 
Brethren friends who now serve in 
the Church of the Brethren. The 
Brethren Church Evangelism & 
Church Growth Commission 
studied the materials extensively in 
the spring of 1991 and endorsed 
the process for use by Brethren 
churches. The commission dis- 
covered that POtP presents a style 
of evangelisin based on what we 
Brethren do best— being friendly! 
And it has had a positive impact on 
churches who have participated. 

What are the components of the 
process? 

There are six components: (1) an 
annual Evangelism Leaders Academy 
for POtP leaders; (2) evangelism 
discovery events to introduce a 



church-wide vision for outreach; 
(3) a friendship evangelism empha- 
sis where persons are introduced to 
non-threatening ways to share their 
faith; (4) a congi-egalional self-study, 
an evaluative process to uncover 
new possibilities for outreach; 
(5) study/action units which bring 
focus to on I reach through Bible 
study and application; and (6) 
mutual support and accoimtabilily 



through annual district meetings 
for encouragement and networking 
of ideas. 

How does Passing On the 
Promise fit into the ongoing life of 
a congregation? 

Passing On the Promise is 
designed to blend into the regular 
activity of a local church. Because 
POlP utilizes the existing stniclure 



Testimony of a POtP Pilot Church Pastor 

The Waterbrook Brethren Church 
in Edinburg, Va., became a Passing 
On the Promise pilot church in the 
fall of 1991. Rev. Mike Woods, pas- 
tor of the church, recently shared 
these insights from the church's first 
year experience with Passing On the 
Promise. 

Part of the process 1 found inter- 
esting was the way our home office 
fitted the [Passing On the Promise] 
process to the Brethren denomina- 
tion. We used some of the Church 
of the Brethren materials and 
found them to be very good. But 
other materials that seemed more 
appropriate were put into the 
process, and our congregation is 
reacting very positively to them. 

As a pastor of a pilot church, I 
found that Passing On the Promise 
fits into the existing structure of 
the church. We didn't have to 
change our government or really 
even have to change how we go 
about ministry in order to bring it 
into the life of the congregation. 
Those things which needed to be 
done as part of the process were 
nested into the existing ministries, 
and it worked quite well. 

Secondly, Passing On the Promise 
has been an incredible idea genera- 
tor. We came out of owe first growth 
workshop with 40 to 50 new ideas 
for reaching out into our commu- 
nity or for changing the way that 
we go about ministry. That's fan- 
tastic! That would not have happened 




Pastor Mike Woods 

had we not been involved in the 
Passing On the Prombe process. 

One other thing I appreciate 
about Passing On the Promise is 
that it gives us "nuts and bolts'* 
ways to focus on evangelism. So 
often when we talk in the church 
about evangelism, we speak in con- 
ceptual terms. Passing On the 
Promise allows us to get tools into 
our hands and better ideas into our 
way of thinking. It becomes very 
practical. It's hands-on, user- 
oriented things that we can start 
doing immediately as part of the 
life of the congregation. That's been 
a very positive thing. 

— Rev. Mike Woods 



September 1992 



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Passing On the Promise 



of a congregation, il tends to com- 
plement rather than compete with 
ongoing church life. 

Does it involve a lot of extra 
committees? 

It doesn't have to. For the most 
part, Passing On the Promise uti- 
lizes the existing structure of a con- 
gregation. A notable exception is a 
special self-study research team 
recruited to do the self-study. 

Why is 36 months required for 
this process? 

Experience has shown that 36 
months is a minimum amount of 
time to begin to explore and see 
real change in the area of con- 
gregational growth. To the surprise 
of many, such an extended period 



How Churches May Learn 
More About POtP 

1 . Invite a Passing On the Prom- 
ise Interpreter to your church. POtP 
Interpreters are trained to give a 90- 
minute presentation on the process. 
Usually, the first step is to make a 
presentation to the local church 
board and the evangelism committee/ 
outreach ministry. A follow-up pre- 
sentation for the entire congrega- 
tion may be arranged. 

2. Show the introductory video. 
"Passing On the Promise, A Closer 
Look — Brethren Church edition" is 
a 24-minute Introduction to the 
process. This video is normally 
used by the POtP Interpreter. How- 
ever, it may be borrowed and shown 
after the Interpreter's visit to give 
others an overview. 

3. Read the POtP "Introductory 
f\4aterials for Leaders." This packet 
of helpful information includes an 
overview of the process, timeline 
chart, covenant of congregational 
participation, ministry description for 
congregational co-coordinators, 
and answers to commonly asked 
questions. 

To schedule an Interpreter's visit 
or the "Closer Look" video or to 
receive a packet of "Introductory 
Materials for Leaders," contact your 
district POtP Field Staff member or 
Ronald W. Waters in The Brethren 
Church National Office. 




Church of the Brethren (CB) and Brethren Church (BC) Field Staff at a joint 
Field Staff meeting held April 30-May 2 near Pittsburgh: (front row, I. to r.) 
Pat Velanzon (BC), David Stone (BC), Earl Hostetter (CB), Joan Hershey (CB), 
Keith Hensley (BC), Jeannette Buller (CB), Harold Boniberger (CB), Roger 
Stogsdill (BC), Andy Anderson (CB), Sue Keller (CB); (back row, I. to r.) Ron 
Beachley (CB), Bob Krouse (CB), Brad Hardesty (BC), Lee Solomon (BC), Peter 
Kaltenbaugh (CB), and Ron Waters (BC). Brethren Church Field Staff not 
shown: Ralph Gibson and Reilly Smith. Photo by Tom Keller (CB). 



of time moves rather quickly once 
you enter into a structured process 
like POtP. 

Tell me more about curriculum 
materials . . . are they Brethren 
produced? 

The introductory course {Promise 
for the Future) and the final course 
(Follow Him Gladly: A Brethren 
Course in Disciplesliip) were written 
by Brethren persons. The video 
course Living Proof was produced 
by NavPress, publishing arm of the 
Navigators. Three study courses 
were written by evangelicals in the 
Chinch of the Brethren for Passing 
On the Promise. 

Can we use the curriculum/ 
resource pieces in a variety of 
ways or is there one set way? 

Most of the curriculum/ resource 
pieces can be used in a variety of 
settings. Various scheduling op- 
lions are given. 

What is the Evangelism Leaders 
Academy? 

llie ElA is an annual training and 
motivational conference fc:)r POtP 
pastors and congregational co- 
coordinators. Academies are held 



in six locations around the countiy 
during the summer. They begin at 
7:00 p.m. Monday and conclude at 
noon Thin-sday. Each ELA includes 
two plenary speakers who have ex- 
tensive background in one or more 
outreach emphases. In addition, 
four to five sessions are devoted to 
POtP training. These sessions are 
taught by Brethren Church POtP 
Field Staff members. 

Who attends the ELA? 

At a minimum, the pastor and 
the congregational co-coordinators. 
A $30 registration reduction is of- 
fered for each of these three. How- 
ever, anyone from the church is 
welcome and encouraged to at- 
tend. While additional persons do 
not receive the reduced registra- 
tion price, they will still receive an 
excellent value for their participa- 
tion. 

Can we do as we please as we 
participate in POtP? 

Yes and no. Yes . . . there are 
many opportiniitics for a congrega- 
tion to chart its own course 
through the POtP experience. The 
self-study, the growth workshojis, 
and study/ action units assure that. 



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The Brethren Evangeust 



But no ... a congregation cannot 
just act independently. It is impor- 
tant for a participating congrega- 
tion to respect the basic flow and 
design of the process. 

One of the basic ideas of POtP is 
accountability. Independent, lone 
ranger attitudes usually bring dis- 
appointment and a lack of giovvth. 
However, as we move together, it's 
amazing how much insight and wis- 
dom break forth. 

What does it cost to take part? 

Actually, you should look at what 
you spend on POtP as an invest- 
ment in the future of your church 
and in extending tlie kingdom of 
God. 

Okay. So how much is the yearly 
investment? 

Estimated costs for a median size 
congregation— one averaging 60 
persons in worship— rim from $200 
to $950 each year (a total invest- 
ment of about $2,750 over four 
budget years). That sounds like a 



POtP Time Table 

July-August 1992 — POtP 
Leader Information Meetings held in 
each district. 

September-December 1992 — 
POtP Interpreters visit churches; 
churches place $600-800 in 1993 
budget for outreach. 

September 1992-March 1993 — 
Churches decide to enter POtP; 
complete covenant of participation. 

I^arch-April 1993 — Churches 
select two co-coordinators; order in- 
itial POtP materials from Brethren 
Church National Office. 

April-May 1993 — Co-coordi- 
nators and pastors register for 
Evangelism Leaders Academy. 

June-August 1993 — Co-coordi- 
nators and pastors attend a one- 
week ELA. 

August 1993 — 105th General 
Conference features concert of 
prayer for spiritual awakening and 
world evangelization. 

September 1993 — POtP Con- 
gregational Dinner; first study cur- 
riculum begins. 



lot for a smaller church. However, 
reaching only one family who tithes 
will easily cover tlie investment. 

Some churches will fund POtP 
out of their regular budget for out- 
reach. Others may use fund-raising 
projects. Still others may identify 
persons in the church who believe 
in the importance of outreach and 
who will make a financial invest- 
ment. In some cases, district or- 
ganizations or larger chinches may 
assist smaller chinches with ex- 
penses. 

Many chinches will use the study 
materials in existing Sunday school 
classes. The cost of materials will 
be offset by the normal investment 
in cmriculum. 

Larger membership congrega- 
tions will want to budget more for 
materials, especially if they an- 
ticipate a strong interest in the 
POtP emphasis. 

Does the congregation bear the 
total cost of POtP? 

No. Virtually every aspect of 
POiP is underwritten in some 
fasliion. 

For example, most POtP cur- 
riculum and resources are not sold 
at their actual cost. In addition, 
The Brethren Church covers all ad- 
ministrative costs, licensing fees, 
and supplemental costs for con- 
gregational advisors. In 1993 alone. 
The Brethren Church National Of- 
fice will invest up to $25,000 for 
these expenses. 

What will Passing On the 
Promise do and not do? 

In all probability, Passing On the 
Promise will not bring a miracle 
cure to a congregation's problems 
and difficulties. Nor will it likely 
bring overnight or dramatic church 
growth. 

But POtP will do a nimiber of 
things: 

• It will provide an opportunity to 
discover evangelism and church 
growth basics. 

• It will provide opportunities for 
friendship evangelism training 
and practice. 



Passing On the Promise 



• It will cncomage congregational 
self-study and follow-through. 

• It will provide a structure and 
resources for a congregation to 
cany-out strategies for growth. 

• It will provide leadershijj training 
in the area of mission and evan- 
gelism. 

• It will encourage change and new 

iif<'. m 



POtP Field Staff 
Named 

Evangelism & Church Growth 
Commission Chair Leroy Solomon 
has announced the appointment 
of Brethren Church Passing On 
the Promise (POtP) Field Staff 
members. 

Field Staff and the districts they 
serve are: 

Ralph Gibson Ohio 

Brad Hardesty Indiana/Central 

Keith Hensley Pennsylvania 

Reilly Smith Midwest 

Roger Stogsdill N. California/ 

Southwest 
David Stone Florida 

Pat Velanzon Southeastern 

POtP Field Staff members are the 
primary outside support persons to 
districts and local church Passing 
On the Promise leadership. Field 
Staff promote the POtP process in 
their assigned districts, coordinate 
district support activities, and pro- 
vide training. 

The Field Staff held its first train- 
ing session at a retreat center near 
Pittsburgh April 30-May 2. Sessions 
were led by Ronald W. Waters, 
Director of Brethren Church Minis- 
tries and National POtP Coordi- 
nator. He was assisted by Leroy 
Solomon, Evangelism & Church 
Growth Commission chair. 

The meeting was held concur- 
rently with the Church of the Breth- 
ren POtP Field Staff. During one 
session, the Field Staff of both 
churches met for mutual sharing 
and encouragement. 

Field Staff members are available 
to assist Brethren churches in learn- 
ing more about Passing On the 
Promise. You are encouraged to 
contact your Field Staff repre- 
sentative directly or through The 
Brethren Church National Office. 



September 1992 



21 



Passing On the Promise 



ELA Reflections 



Inez Schmucker describes her feelings 
after attending an Evangelism Leaders Academy in July. 



ON JULY 12, 1992, the First 
Brethren Church of New 
Paris, Ind., commissioned Alva 
Ramer and me to be co-coordina- 
tors for Passing On the Promise. 
Ronald W. Waters, Director of 
Brethren Church Ministries, was 
our guest speaker and assisted 
with the installation. 

It was a special day for all of us. 
I wondered what God had in mind 
for us to do next. 

The next week, Pastor Brad Har- 
desty, Alva, and I attended the 
Evangelism Leaders Academy at 
North Manchester, Ind. Evciy ses- 
sion we attended had a worship 
service. 

What is worship? It is a celebra- 
tion, and we praise Him for what 
I le has done for us in the past. You 
can't imagine the singing in Cordier 
Aiulitorium. It was uplifting as we 
praised God. 

A learning experience 

We learned so much from Wil- 
liam Easiun and Tim Timmons, the 
plenary speakers. We will never be 
the same. Learning is fun and excit- 
ing. Here is some of what we 
learned: 

The goal for the Christian is win- 
ning souls for Jesus Christ. Salva- 
tion comes to us on its way to 
someone else. If this ha[)pens to 
you, you will blossom and bloom. 

How do we deal with conflict? 
Respect differences of opinion. 
Remember, no one makes me angiy; 
I choose to make myself feel this 
way. Also, separate the person 
from the problem. What does the 
Bible say? People are not allowed 
to control yoiu' feelings. 

Mrs. Schmucker is a POtP congrega- 
tional co-coordinator for the New Paris, 
Ind,, First Brethren Church. She man- 
ages a restaurant in New Paris. 



Mark Logan 
and Christina 
Moyers, two of the 
three co-coordi- 
nators from the 
Bethlehem Breth- 
ren Church, talk 
over one of the 
points presented 
at the Evangelism 
Leaders Academy, 
held the week fol- 
lowing General 
Conference at 
Harrisonburg, Va. 
A total of twenty- 
nine Brethren 
people have at- 
tended ELA's this 
year. 



We also learned about coping 
with changes. Here are some ways 
suggested: 

1. Focus on clear objectives. 

2. Understand the inevitable. 

3. Develop an effective caring 
network. 

4. Use good conmumication. 

5. Know it is okay not to know 
every member 

I was challenged by the fact that 
we have the Holy Spirit and never 
lose Him. 

Prayer changes lives. Be what 
God wants you to be. 

Another interesting thought was 
tliat if God never does another thing 
for me, what he has done already is 
enough, and I will si ill praise 
him. The power of 
prayer is at 
the cross. 

One goal 
we have set 
for oiu" 
chinch 
is to ask 
specifi- 
cally ^ 




that we would be filled with the 
Spirit. We also have a goal that we 
will pray daily for the other pilot 
churches, their pastors, and other 
coordinators. 

I thought about the idea that we 
should "reach out and touch some- 
one." We need to meet pco])le on 
their level, helping them where 
they are. If we do that which is pos- 
sible, God will do the impossible. 

I am praising God for Ron 
Waters and his staff. It was refresh- 
ing to see yoimg pastors as excited 
as we were and with great ideas. 
Let us not cripple the church with 
our old attitudes! 

Let's just jjraise the Lord. [f] 




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The Brethren Evangelist 



UPDATE 



BRETHREN CHURCH NEWS 



Elkhart First Brethren Church Honors Pastor 
And Breaks Ground for Gym/Fellowship Hall 

Elkhart, Ind. — When members of the 
Hospitahty Committee of the Elkhart 
First Brethren Church began planning 
a surprise Pastor Appreciation Day for 
Rev. Tim Gamer, they had no idea of 
the problemiS they would encounter. 

The date was set for June 14 and the 
surprise dinner to follow the worship 
service was announced as a regrular con- 
gregational carry-in dinner, to fool the 
pastor. The church secretary was asked 
to send out letters to the members of the 
congregation to let them know the true 
nature of the event. 

Have you heard the expression, "A fly 
in the ointment"? Well, the flies soon 
appeared. 

Fly #1 — The letters didn't get out as 
quickly as planned because the secre- 
tary couldn't get the pastor out of the 
office long enough to run them off. 

Fly # 2 — The Hospitality Com^mittee 
learned that the pastor might not be 
able to stay for the dinner because he 
would have to pick up his daughter from 
mini-camp. After a prayer-of-despair 
and a couple of phone calls, the commit- 
tee decided to change the dinner to 5:00 
that evening. By this time the letters 
had gone out, so the congregation was 
notified via the Sunday bulletin of the 
change in time. 

So everything is now all set, right? 
Wrong! Fly # 3 starts circling. Rev. 
Gamer asks the hospitality committee 




Day! He is even more surprised when he 
learns that his mother, Mrs. Helen 
Gamer, is the speaker for the service. 

The Appreciation Dinner, held later 
in the day, is a big success — with lots 
of the pastor's family, friends, and mem- 
bers of the congregation present. Pictures 
from Rev. Gamer's childhood and teen 
years are on display, and testimonies of 
appreciation and love for the pastor are 
shared. Thanks are extended to Rev. 
Gamer for being a willing student of the 
Master Teacher, a good shepherd to his 
flock, but most of all for his example of 
Christlike love to all the brethren. 

The ground breaking fit right into 
this special celebration. The gathered 



Pastor Tim Garner with wife Beth and 
children Katie and Adam, on Pastor Ap- 
preciation Sunday. 

if it would be all right to include a 
ground-breaking ceremony with the 
dinner plans. Not exactly what they had 
planned, but in order not to raise sus- 
picions, they give the okay. 

Finally, June 14 arrives. Rev. Garner 
begins the morning service, but is inter- 
rupted and told to go and sit with his 
family — for this is Pastor Appreciation 





Trustees Seeking Nominations 
For Ashland University President 

The Board of Trustees of Ashland 
University is seeking a new president 
for the university, to assume office in 
the summer of 1993, and is request- 
ing the assistance of Brethren people 



in filling this position. 

Anyone wishing to submit the 
name of a candidate for this position 
is asked to write to: 

Presidential Search Committee 

Richard A. Van Auken, Chair 

Ashland University 

Ashland, OH 44805 



September 1992 



Above, Martha Yea- 
ger, Elkhart member 
for 73 years, turns a 
shovel of dirt during 
the ground breaking. 
Behind her are (I. 
to r.) Betty Yoder, 
Sharon McCloughan, 
and Pastor Tim Gar- 
ner. At left, the rest of 
the congregation dur- 
ing the ground-break- 
ing service. 
Photos by Don Fisk. 

Brethren took time out to go outside to 
ceremonial begin a project that includes 
extensive interior renovations to the 
present building and the addition of a 
gym/fellowship hall. Work on this 
project is now well underway. Volunteer 
labor has reduced the estimated cost 
from $162,000 to $140,000. 

— reported by Lynn Wenner 
and Marilyn Loucks 

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UPDATE 



Sarasota Brethren Overcome Difficulties 
To Hold Successful Vacation Bible School 



Sarasota, Fla. — Vacation Bible school 
was a little different this past summer 
at the Sarasota First Brethren Church. 

Since the education unit was still 
under construction, the Ministry of 
Education had to be creative in finding 
classroom space for the school. Thus 
classes were held in the sanctuary (in- 
cluding the balcony), the pastor's 
office, the Director of Ministries' 
office, and the choir room. One 
class (the youth class) even met 
at the beach and at the home of a 
church member. 

At one point the Ministry of 
Education wondered if they 
would even have a Bible school, 
when only eight children and 
nine adults pre-registered. But 



on the first evening there were 92 in 
attendance (including staff). 

The theme for the week was "Team 
Up with Jesus," and classes were held 
for children age 3 and up, and for adults. 
A learning-center approach was used 
with the children, with classes moving 
from activity to activity at scheduled 



times. Giving a big assist was the Sum- 
mer Crusader team "Empowered" 
(Stacy Oligee, Sarah HoUewell, Wendy 
Barr, and Annalee Hoover), which 
helped out in whatever ways possible. 

According to reporter Vanda Funk- 
houser, God was obviously at work dur- 
ing the week. "Only with His strength 
were we able to have a successful VBS. 
We learned to rely on God's wisdom and 
not to worry about facilities and students. 
God was able to supply abundantly!" 

— reported by Vanda Funkhouser 




Sarasota VBS students singing during the closing program. 



Photo by Lavergne Stone 



Eric Bargerhuff Completes Busy Summer 
As Crusader Intern at West Alexandria 



West Alexandria, Ohio — Eric 
Bargerhuff had a very busy summer as 
a Crusader Intern at the West Alex- 
andria First Brethren Church. 

He directed the choir, held weekly 
classes for the youth on Friday evenings 
called "Beat the Heat" nights, led Wed- 
nesday evening prayer meetings, and 
preached on Sunday evenings. He was 
also in charge of recreation for vacation 
Bible school, filled in as a Sunday school 
teacher, and presented the sermon 
during the morning worship service on 
August 2, his last Sunday with the con- 
gregation. 

In addition to these leadership 
responsibilities, Eric also made hospital 
visits with Pastor David Oligee, made 



nursing home visits with the W.M.S. 
ladies, and joined others on June 10 in 
the celebration of the 104th birthday of 
the church's oldest member, Annie 



Miller (who has since gone to be with the 
Lord). In short, he was always available 
whenever needed. 

"Eric was an inspiration to all of us," 
says reporter Luella Painter, 'and we 
wish him well and pray for God's lead- 
ing in his future life." 

— reported by Luella Painter 




Praise the Lord 
And Pass the Rice! 

Johnstown, Pa. — In an attempt to 
identify more closely with Brethren 
missionaries Prasanth and Nirmala 
Kumar, the W.M.S. members of the 
Johnstown Third Brethren Church 
decided to have a supper of foods 
similar to those that might be eaten in 
India. 

The result was rice, rice, and more 
rice — each dish flavored with a dif- 
ferent seasoning or condiment. Also 
served were several kinds of chicken. 



fruits, and bread as it is baked overseas. 

It proved to be an interesting meal, 
but also enjoyable, according to Mrs. 
Bobbie Rudge, secretary of the women's 
group. It also made the women more 
appreciative of the abundance and 
variety of food we have in the United 
States and more grateful for those who 
are willing to serve God in less priv- 
ileged circumstances. 

"Our prayer is that the Kumars, and 
our other missionaries, may continue 
their great work, that more souls will be 
saved for Jesus, our Savior," Mrs. Rudge 
said. 

— reported by Mrs. Bobbie Rudge 



Eric Bargerhuff at the pulpit of the West 
Alexandria First Brethren Church.. 



24 




W.M.S members from Johnstown Third Brethren Church enjoying their Indian meal. 

The Brethren Evangelist 





Jesus said, "Let the children come to tne, and do not hinder 
them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 19:14). 

Forget Me Not * 

How do you remember something that is very important? My children are 
learning to play the piano and to read music. The notes on one set of lines in music are 
represented by the letters E, G, B, D, and F. It's much easier to remember these notes when we 
make each letter stand for a word — Every Good Boy Does Fine. There are many other ways of 
remembering important things. I know some people who tie a string around their finger every time 
they have something important to remember. 

When God brought the Israelites out of Egypt many years ago, He wanted to teach them 
how to live life to the fullest. Therefore He gave them commandments to obey, so that they would 
not sin against Him or do wrong to other people. These commandments were called Torah (in- 
struction) or sometimes law. (You can read about this giving of the Torah in Exodus 19 and 20). 

God's laws were given as loving instruction to His people. Jesus said much the same thing 
about Himself in John 1 0:1 — "I have come in order that you might have life, life in all its fullness." 
And in John 14:15 He said, "If you love me, you will obey my commandments." 

In addition to giving the commandments to the Israelites, God also gave them a reminder to 
help them keep those laws. He told the Israelites to place tassels along the edges of their clothing. 
God said, "The tassels will serve as reminders, and each time you see them you will remember 
all my commands and obey them; then you will not turn away from me and follow your own wishes 
and desires. The tassels will remind you to keep all my commands, and you will belong completely 
to me" (Numbers 15:39-40, niv). 

Isn't that wonderful? God gave them a way to help them remember His precious command- 
ments so that they would obey His word. Even today some Jewish people wear tassels on their 
prayer shawls, one tassel for each commandment, so that they will remember God and His Torah. 

When Jesus knew that it was time for Him to leave this earth and to return to God in heaven. 
He taught His disciples a very special way to remember Him. At a special meal. He passed around 
bread that He told them to eat, and a cup that He told them to drink from. He told the disciples 
that these were to help them remember Him. He said that the bread represented His body, which 
was broken for us. And the wine in the cup represented His blood, which was shed for us. 

We still remember Jesus in this way in the church today in the Communion service. This 
service helps us to remember Jesus' death for us so that we will remember what God is like and 
how He wants us to live our lives. Maybe you or your parents will take part in this special time of 
remembrance on World Communion Sunday, which will be held October 4th. 

I'm really glad that God has taught us to find special ways to remember Him. I like going to 
the Communion service and remembering all that Jesus has taught us. But what about other 
times? What other ways can we find to help us remember God and the things He has taught us 
about Himself and about how we should live our lives? 

People have come up with lots of ways to help them remember the Lord: paintings of Jesus' 
life; beads for certain Bible verses; memory verse cards; and so forth. I think there are all kinds 
of things that can help us remember. What ideas do you have? Would you share them with me 
and the other children who read this page? That way we can help each other remember how to 
love God and do good. 

I would like to hear from you. Send me a postcard telling me your name, age, the church 
you attend, and how you remember God's word. Send it to Jackie Rhoades, c/o The Brethren 
Evangelist, 524 College Ave., Ashland, OH 44805. I will print some of the responses in an 
upcoming "Little Crusader" page. 



September 1992 25 



UPDATE 



Brethren Care Burns Mortgage; 
Breaks Ground for Ne\v Facility 



Ashland, Ohio — Brethren Care of 
Ashland, a nursing home with past ties 
to The Brethren Church, held a cere- 
mony August 5 (Wednesday of Confer- 
ence week) marking the end of one proj- 
ect and the beginning of a new endeavor. 

On that day the mortgage was burned 
on the present building and ground was 
broken for a new 91-bed facility. 

According to administrator Barrel 
Barnes, the new facility will be a state- 
of-the-art nursing home. It will cost an 
estimated $3,375,000 and will be ap- 
proximately 37,810 square feet in size 
— around 11,000 square feet larger 
than the present building. Construction 
is expected to take 1 1 months. 

When the new building is completed, 
all nursing home residents will be 
transferred to this new facility. Then 
the old facility will be totally renovated 
and converted into an assisted-living 



The founding of Brethren Care was 
initiated by the former Benevolent 
Board of the Brethren Church in 1970. 
The original building — a 100-bed nurs- 
ing facility and three-apartment retire- 
ment complex — was dedicated Septem- 
ber 3, 1972. Brethren Care, Inc., is now 
totally independent of The Brethren 
Church, Inc., and is operated by its own 
Board of Directors. All members of that 
board, however, are Brethren people. 



complex of approximately 40 units. Ac- 
cording to plans, this conversion should 
be complete by the end of 1994. 

Financing for the new facility is com- 
ing in part from tax-free revenue bonds 
totaling $2.7 million. 

Breaking ground 
for the new 91-bed 
facility at Brethren 
Care are (I. to r.) Har- 
vey Young, president 
of First National Bank 
of Ashland; Ronald W. 
Waters, Director of 
Brethren Church Min- 
istries; Thomas Stof- 
fer, secretary-treas- 
urer of Brethren Care 
Board of Trustees; 

Lenore Vaughn, president of Brethren Care Auxiliary; Barrel Barnes, Brethren Care ad- 
ministrator; and Brethren Care residents Howard Kirsh and Norma Wells. Behind them are 
Ashland County Commissioner Marilyn Byers and Board of Trustees president George Snyder. 




Pleasant Hill Barn Ministry 
Is Reaching Out to Youth 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio — The Pleasant 
Hill First Brethren Church took over 
support of a community outreach pro- 
gram this past summer known as "The 
Bam Ministry." 

The purpose of this ministry is to ex- 
press the love of Jesus to the youth of 
the Pleasant Hill community in order to 
show them how to have a personal, 
growing relationship with Him. The 
main avenue of accomplishing this is 
through a recreation center known as 
"Tlie Bam." 

"The Bam" is a place in the com- 
munity which youth can call their own, 
where they can be with friends, relax. 



and be themselves. It is open every 
Friday evening for senior high youth 
and on the first and third Saturday 
evenings of each month for junior high 
youth. During these times the young 
people can take part in various recrea- 
tional activities, listen to Christian 
music, watch Christian videos, etc. 
Christian chaperons are present to give 
the youth someone to talk to and to show 



them that someone cares about them. 
The Bam Ministry also offers other op- 
portunities during the week for the 
youth to learn more about Jesus and to 
grow in their faith. 

Larry Powell has been hired to direct 
the ministry. He is a full-time member 
of the Pleasant Hill Church staff and 
oversees the church's youth ministry as 
well as directing the Bam Ministry. 



Workshop Planned 
For Pennsylvania District 

The Pennsylvania District Board 
of Christian Education is sponsoring 
a Bretlu-en House Workshop at the 
Pleasant View Brethren Church (Van- 
dergrift, Pa.) on Saturday, October 
10, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The 
cost to attend the workshop, includ- 
ing lunch, is $10 per person until 
September 26 and $12 per person 
after that date. All teachers and help- 
ers of children, youth, and adults are 
urged to attend. There will be 20 
tables of resources and plenty of 
hands-on learning experiences. 



Deacon, Deaconess Installed 
At Williamstown Church 

Williamstown, Ohio — Jeff and Patty 
Morris were installed as deacon and 
deaconess during the morning worship 
service on Sunday, April 12, at the Wil- 
liamstown Brethren Church. 
The Morrises have been very active in 



The Williams- 
town Brethren 
Church 's new 
deaconess and 
deacon — Patty 
and Jeff Morris 
(4th and 5th from 
left) — with (I. to 
r.) Moderator 
Willis Humphrey, 
Pastor Eugene 
Oburn, Rev. Bill 
Kerner, dea- 
coness Virginia 
Launder, and 
deacon Earl 
Launder. 



the life of the Williamstown Church. 
They have four school-age children, 
Mandi, Jadden, Courtnee, and Codee 

Rev. Bill Kerner, former Director of 
Pastoral Ministries for The Brethren 
Church, brought the message for the 
worship service and officiated at the 
installation. He was assisted by Wil- 
liamstown Pastor Eugene Oburn. 

— reported by Pastor Eugene Oburn 




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The Brethren Evangelist 



UPDATE 



From 



The 




Grape 
Vine 



Michael Lee Roth, an active young mem- 
ber of the Hagerstown, Md., First Bretliren 
Church, has been recognized for academic 
achievement as a United States National 
Honor Roll Award winner, according to an 



announcement by the United States 
Achievement Academy. While in the sixth 
and seventh grades at Springfield Middle 
School in Washington County, Md., Mike 
was a member of the winning "It's Aca- 
demic" teams and was named to the distin- 
guished honor roll. In the eighth grade he 
placed first in the school science fair and 
was again on the distinguislied honor roll. 
Mike is the son of David and Debbie Roth, 
deacons in the Hagerstown Church. 

Brethren Men of Mission of the Mid- 
west District met in conjunction with the 
Midwest District Conference held June 27- 
28 in Fort Scott, Kans. Special speakers 
were Rev. Russ Gordon, Rev. Dave Cook- 
sey, and Rev. Marlin McCann. Each of 
these men stressed the need for men of the 



church to pray for and care for their pastors. 
John Rieger will serve as chainnan of the 
Midwest District Men of Mission for the 
coining year, and John Wehnnan will serve 
as secretary-treasurer. 

Just hours after Hurricane Andrew blasted 
across south Florida, World Relief (WRC) 
of NAE began working on the scene with 
churches to organize relief efforts. WRC 
sent funds for emergency needs and also 
began organizing experienced volunteer work 
teatns to help in the clean-up and rebuilding. 
Bretliren people wishing to support relief 
efforts ui Florida can do so by giving tlirough 
their local churches or by sending financial 
gifts (designated for Hurricane Andrew 
Relief) directly to The Brethren Church, 
524 College Ave., Ashland, OH 44805. 




In Memory 

Rev. William E. Thomas, 85, died August 17 in 
Bradcnion, Fla., where he had lived since retiring 
from the pa.sloral miiiislry in 1977 He mi J;im)ury 
7, 1907, in 
Preston Coun- 
ty, W.Va., he- 
was a graduate 
of Thomas 
High School 
and kxik a 
four-year min- 
isterial training 
course with 
examinations 
taken at the 
Methodist 
schot)l in 
Buchanan, 
W.Va. He also 
took a course in evangelism m 1933 from Mtxxly 
Bible Institute. 

He was licensed to the ministry by the 
Methodist Church in 1933 and served several 
independent churches. Then in 1955 he was or- 
dained an elder in The Brethren Church and from 
1955 to 1961 paslored the North Liberty, hid.. 
First Brethren Church. From 1961 until his retire- 
ment in 1977, he pastored the Lorce (Bunker Hill, 
hid.) Brethren Church. In addition to these pas- 
torates, he was widely used in the Brethren 
Church for evangelistic services. 

He is survived by his wife, Anna, whom he 
married January 11, 1924. 

The funeral service for Brother Thomas was 
held at the Griffilh-Cline Manatee Avenue 
Chapel in Bradenton, with Rev. Daniel Gray, 
pastor of the Sarasota First Brethren Church, 
officiating, assisted by Dr. J.D. Hamel. 
Porter M. (Bud) Perkins, 71, August 14. Faith- 
ful member of the Sarasota First Brethren 
Church, where he was a strong supporter of The 
Brethren Hour radio ministry. Services by Pastor 
Daniel Gray assisted by Dr. J.D. Hamel. 
Annie Louis Miller, 104, August 13. Longtime 
member of the West Alexandria First Bretliren 
Church and oldest member at the time of her 
death. Services by Pastor David S. Oligee. 
George A. Leidy, 90, July 24. Longtime member 
of the Vinco Brethren Church, where he served 
many years as a deacon and Sunday school 
teacher. He was active in the Pennsylvania Dis- 

Seftember 1992 



trict of Brethren Churches and was a life member 
of the Missionary Board of the Brethren Church. 
Services by Pastor Carl Phillips. 
John C. Kring, 76, June 25. Member of the 
Ardmore Brethren Church, where he served as a 
greeler for 53 years. Services by Pastor William 
Shipman. 

Lorena Zent, 77, June 25. Member and church 
organist for more than 50 years at the Roanoke 
Bretliren Church. Graveside service by Pastor 
James Sluss. 

Richard Hamer, 53, June 24. Member of the 
Waterloo First Brethren Church, where he sang 
in the choir. Services by Pastor Ronald L. Waters. 
Lloyd E. Conrad, 91, June 21. Member of the 
North Manchester First Brethren Church. Serv- 
ices by Pastor Marlin L. McCann. 
Homer Harris, 93, May 16. Friend of the West 
Alexandria First Brethren Church. Services by 
Pastor David S. Oligee. 

Joseph M. Bauserman, 75, May 14. Member for 
64 years of the Mount Olive Brethren Church. 
Services by Pastor Fred Miller and William 
Rodgers, Jr. 

Lola Miller, 87, May 13. Member of the Water- 
loo First Brethren Church. Services by Pastor 
Ronald L. Waters. 

Goldenaires 

Charles and Aida May Mun.son, 50th, August 
14. Membersof the Ashland Park Street Brethren 
Church. 

Howard and Kathy Mack, 50th, July 4. Mem- 
bers of the Ashland Park Street Brethren Church. 
Clifford and Helen Robinson, 50lh, June 27. 
Members of the Elkhart First Brethren Church. 

Weddings 

Jessica Lynn Waddell to Todd Anderson, Sep- 
tember 4, at the West Alexandria First Brethren 
Church; Pastor David S. Oligee officiating. 
Valerie Lanioreaux to William Shaner, August 
8, at the Pleasant View Breliu-en Church; Rev. 
Raymond Hesketh officiating. Bride a member 
of the Pleasant View Brethren Church. 
Tonya Dunwoodie to Sean Darner, July 25, at 
the West Alexandria First Brethren Church; Pas- 
tor David S. Oligee officiating. Bride a former 
member of the West Alexandria First Brethren 
Church. 
Lisa Jane Collins to Michael Zachary Perry, 



July 18, at the West Alexandria First Bretliren 
Church; Pastor David S. Oligee officiating. 
Members of the West Alexandria First Brethren 
Church. 

Tina Vanscoy to David McPhcrson, July 3, at 
the Gretna Brethren Church; Pastor Lynn Mercer 
officiating. Members of the Gretna Brethren 
Church. 

Karen Sanor to Jason Cameron, June 27, at the 
North Georgetown First Brethren Church; Pastor 
Fred Brandon officiating. Bride a member of the 
North Georgetown First Brethren Church. 
Pamela Christine Marburger to Steven Earl 
Rhoades, June 21, at the North Manchester First 
Brethren Church. Pastor Marlin L. McCann 
officiating. Groom a member of the North 
Manchester First Brethren Church. 
Mary Lehman to Frank Warren, June 1 3, at the 
North Manchester First Brethren Church; Pastor 
Marlin L. McCann officiating. Grixim a member 
of the North Manchester First Brethren Church. 
Sunitha Kumar to G. Sunder Roy, May 25, at 
the Brethren Church in Rajahmundry, India. 
Bride is the daughter of Bretliren missionaries 
Rev. K. Prasanlh and Nirmala Kumar. 
Thea L. Cole to John J. Soltow, May 22, at the 
West Alexandria First Bretliren Church; Pastor 
David S. Oligee officiating. 
Lori Good to Mike Benton, May 2, at the North 
Manchester First Bretliren Church; Pastor Marlin 
L. McCann officiating. Grixim a member of the 
North Manchester First Brethren Church. 
Carol Lynn Miles to James Lamb, March 28, 
at the West Alexandria First Brethren Church; 
Pastor David S. Oligee officiating. 
Ruth Tonya McCarty to Donald R. Napier, 
January 24, at the West Alexandria First Brethren 
Church; Pastor David S. Oligee officiating. Bride 
a member of the West Alexandria First Brethren 
Church. 

Membership Growth 

Elkhart: 2 by transfer 

Ardmore: 5 by baptism 

Hagerstown: 4 by transfer 

New Lebanon: 2 by baptism 

Pleasant View: 3 by baptism 

Milford: 6 by baptism, 2 by transfer 

Mount Olive: 7 by baptism, 4 by transfer 

West Alexandria: 1 1 by bapti.sm, 16 by U'ansfer 

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Passing On the Promise 

The Time Has Come! 

The opportunity for Brethren churches to become part of the Passing On the 
Promise process has arrived. This fall, POtP Interpreters are available to present 
this outreach process to local church boards and evangelism committees/out- 
reach ministries . . . and to congregations as a whole. 

Passing On the Promise is a 36-month process whereby Brethren persons and 
congregations may discover new ways to share the gospel, work for growth, and 
deepen their discipleship. More details are shared on pages 19-22 of this issue. 

September also offers an opportunity to provide financial support to the 
process. In addition to local church involvement in POtP, The Brethren Church 
National Office will invest up to $25,000 during 
the next 12 months in training and support serv- 
ices. Your special gift this month will help cover 
those expenses. 



To receive a local church presentation of Pass- 
ing On the Promise, contact your district Field 
Staff representative (see page 21) or the National 
Office. 

7o give a gift toward national support of POtP, 
send your contribution designated for "Brethren 
Church Outreach Ministries" to: 

The Brethren Church 

Outreach Ministries 
524 College Avenue 
Ashland, OH 44805 



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An Unfinished Jaurney to Russia 

See page 4. 



Developing a Global Vision 




Beyond the Secular 



HERE in the United States, we 
have our fax machines, cellu- 
lar phones, shopping malls, and 
self-sufficiency. Our culture often 
seems more secular than spiritual. 
It's easy to lose sight of eternal 
values. 

But during a recent visit to 
Quito, Ecuador, I was reminded of 
the very real spiritual dimension 
of our world. 

A walking tour of the city 

Walking in downtown Quito, I 
entered the cathedral on historic 
Independence Plaza. A bronze- 
skinned nun of Indian ancestry 
knelt beside an ornate confession 
booth. The priest hearing her con- 
fession was only a black shadow 
inside the darkened stall. 

It was early morning and cool. 
(Quito perches at an altitude of 
8,500 feet.) Outside in the plaza, 
people tried to find benches in the 
sun. Small groups of Jehovah's 
Witnesses were working the area, 
and one zealot used a flip chart as 
he gestured and spoke. Two elder- 
ly men patiently tolerated the sect 
member, no doubt hopeful he would 
soon move on so they could return 
to their pleasant morning chat. 

Two blocks away was another 
Catholic church, San Francisco, 
built in 1535 and considered to be 
the oldest cathedral in South 
America. One step inside and I felt 
as if I had leaped back 400 years 
in history. 

Rich art treasures lined the 
walls of the dimly-lit cathedral. 
The air smelled of burning can- 



dles, incense, and mold. Perhaps 
50 to 60 people — most of them 
Indians and senior citizens — sat 
silently on wooden benches along- 
side statues and pictures of saints 
and apostles. Finally, a priest came 
out and, in a gloomy monotone that 
echoed in the cavernous room, an- 
nounced that mass would begin. 

Departing the church, I noticed a 
well-dressed young woman stand- 
ing alone in front of a glass-encased 
image of the crucified Christ. 
Obviously distraught, she dabbed 
at her eyes with a wad of tissue. 
Would she get a solution to the 
problem that brought her there? 

Outside the Chxirch of San Fran- 
cisco, vendors dispensed an odd 
mixture of animistic charms, In- 
dian fetishes, candles, herbs, and 
incense. The objects held appeal 
for the desperate, the super- 
stitious, and those hunting a run 
of good luck. Adding to the bizarre 
atmosphere was a group of pros- 
titutes in the plaza, just a few 
paces from the church door. 

Is it the Holy Spirit? 

Walking now into another down- 
town park or plaza, I encountered 
a street comedian who had attract- 
ed a crowd. Onlookers laughed as 
the man did an irreverent routine 
poking fun at faith healing. 

A friend and I watched until a 
thin man in a very old, but clean, 
blue suit tapped us both on the 
back. He held a short stack of 
literature in his hand. The ma- 
terial he was distributing turned 
out to be evangelistic tracts. 



We said we were Christians too. 
The man introduced himself as 
Carlos Alberto and immediately 
asked for prayer. "Brothers, some- 
times I have problems with my 
mind," he said in a faint voice. 

"Religious rites. False 
sects. Spiritual search- 
ing. Humble Christian- 
obedience. I had seen 
them all within a space 

of several blocks in 
Ecuador's capital city." 

As we prayed briefly in the 
plaza, the man trembled intermit- 
tently. "I shake every time I pray,' 
he said. "Do you think it's the Holy 
Spirit?" 

After what the man had said 
about problems with his mind, I 
kind of wondered. But taking meas- 
ure of Carlos Alberto a moment, 
my friend, Paul, said, "I think so.' 

We visited a few minutes. Carlos 
Alberto had been saved from a life 
of alcoholism and attended a Pen- 
tecostal church. On the outside, 
Carlos looked battered, but on the 
inside burned a heart warm for 
God. "I give people this literature 
as a way to serve God," he said. "Do 
you know where I can get more?" 

Unworldy view 

Religious rites. False sects. 
Spiritual searching. Humble 
Christian obedience. I had seen 
them all within a space of several 
blocks in Ecuador's capital city. 
What an object lesson that we live 
in a spiritual world, not just a 
material or secular one! 

I was reminded that the more we 
become conscious and concerned 
by the fact that our next-door neigh- 
bor or friend across the sea has an 
eternal soul as well as a temporal 
body, the more active our Chris- 
tian witness and mission will be. 

May we adopt the attitude of the 
Apostle Paul, who wrote to the 
Corinthian church: "So from now 
on we regard no one from a world- 
ly point of view" (2 Cor. 5.16, iv/v). 
After all, Paul explained a few sen- 
tences later, "... if anyone is in 
Christ, he is a new creation; the 
old has gone, the new has come!" 

(v. 17). m 

The Brethren Evangeust 




October 1992 
Volume 114, Number 9 



The Brethren Evangelist 

(ISSN 0747-4288) 

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Richard C. Winfield 

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John Maust 

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October 1992 



Features 

An Unfinished Journey to Russia by Mark Baker 

What began as a trip to Russia to distribute Christian literature has 

become the first leg of a trip to a new call to service. 

Changing Attitudes and Lives Through The House of New 

Beginnings by Arlene I. Bauman 
This Christian maternity home provides the mercy of God's love and 
care to pregnant, unwed teen-agers. 

A Call to Service by Mark Ray, with Linda Yoder 

When Hurricane Andrew hit southern Florida, the Sarasota First 

Brethren Church was quick to respond. 

The Most Hopeful Sign of Ovu- Times: Part I by David Bryant 
A growing prayer movement points America toward spiritual revival. 

Rest and Fatigue by Kenneth Sullivan 

In order to experience deep inner repose, we must go to the Source. 

Vote Sunday School; Responsible Christian Citizenship 



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Ministry Pages Ashland University 

Campus Ministries 
Who's That Walking on Campus? by Michael Gleason 12 

A Year of Exciting Opportunities by Jeff Gilmer 14 

A Great Start to a Great Year by Jennifer Thomas 15 



Departments 

Developing a Global Vision 2 

by John Maust 

Cartoon 3 

Answers to Little Crusader page: 

No answers are needed this month. 



Update 16 

Children's Page 21 

by Jackie Rhoades 

From the Grape Vine 22 



Pontius' Puddle 



I'M BUSKED. I'VE. BEEN LOBBYINtr 
OM THE PHONE TOR VAOORS-- 
C^LLlNGr IN OLD DE-BT5, 
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TP^CTICS. 




LiMlMCr UP 

VOTES TOR 
THE N^TIOM^^_ 
ELECTION'? 



MO, TEACHERS FOR 
THE NEW SUMDf\V 
.SCWOOL YEAR. 





Mark Baker's journey took him to Red 
Square in Moscow, where St. Basil's 
Church stands in the background. 

WHILE WALKING through the 
lobby of the Colorado Con- 
vention Center in Denver in July 
1990, I began a journey that has 
yet to be completed. At the time 
my thoughts were focused on learn- 
ing about the latest music, book, 
and Bible releases and on finding 
the best buys for the upcoming 
Christmas season. But somehow, 
in the midst of the hurried pace of 
the Christian Booksellers Conven- 
tion, my attention was pulled to a 
small table covered with coffee cans. 

This small display was not pro- 
moting the latest book or even giv- 
ing away coffee. Rather, it was in- 
troducing Christian booksellers to 
the "Moscow Project." 

As I perused the material, I 
learned that this was a joint 
project of the International Bible 
Society and the Christian Book- 
sellers Association to fund, print, 
and distribute Bibles to what was 
then the Soviet Union. The days of 
perestroika were opening Soviet 
doors to the West, and the goal of 
the Moscow Project was to place 
four million copies of scripture into 
the hands of the Soviet people. 

In the days that followed I 

Rev. Baker is senior buyer for Bethel 
Publishing Company and serves as 
Minister of Music at the Nappanee, 
Ind., First Brethren Church. 



An Unfinished 
Journey to Russia 



By Mark Baker 



learned more about the hunger of 
the Soviet people for the word of 
God, and our bookstore became 
involved in the Moscow Project. 
We placed coffee cans in the store 
and for the next few months col- 
lected money. During the follow- 
ing one-year period, the project 
successfully completed its goal, 
and God's word was freely dis- 
tributed to spiritually hungry 
hearts in the Soviet Union. 

The Moscow Project was com- 
pleted, but the fire that God had 
ignited in my heart continued to 
burn. Somehow I knew that mere- 
ly collecting the monies heeded to 
print Bibles was not enough. Hands 
and feet were needed to be mes- 
sengers of the gospel. Then in July 
of this year God provided me the 
opportunity to use my hands and 
feet in fulfilling the task of dis- 
tributing the message of Jesus 
Christ to the Russian people. 

Mission to Russia '92 

The journey that began in Den- 
ver now extended to include the 



Mark Baker, a 
young boy from 
Belarus, and 
one of the tour 
guides look at a 
copy of the book 
Mark's group 
was distributing 
while in Russia. 
When the boy 
asked Mark to 
read to him, 
Mark asked the 
tour guide to 
help, since the 
book was writ- 
ten in Russian. 
The part that 



cities of Moscow and St. Peters- 
burg in Russia, and Minsk in 
Belarus. Under the leadership of 
Josh McDowell, more than 600 
people joined together in "Mission 
to Russia '92." In a two-week per- 
iod, we distributed more than one 
million copies of Christian litera- 
ture in the Commonwealth of Inde- 
pendent States. 

An incredible spiritual hunger 

Those who had been to Russia 
earlier to distribute Bibles told of 
the incredible hunger of the people 
for spiritual things. Hundreds of 
Bibles were given away in minutes, 
and many people were left begging 
for a copy. But even these stories 
did not prepare me for the depth of 
the spiritual hunger that I wit- 
nessed personally in the people of 
Russia. 

Our strategy for reaching this 
nation for Christ was to distribute 
copies of the book More Than a 
Carpenter, bound together with 
the Gospel of John and the Four 
Spiritual Laws. Written in fluent 




she read was chapter one of the Gospel of John. Since returning to the U.S., Mark 
has learned that the tour guide later became a Christian. 

The Brethren Evangelist 



Russian, More Than a Carpenter 
provides the most effective means 
of explaining the person of Jesus 
Christ to the scientific, atheistic 
mind. God has used this tool 
to bring millions of people to a 
saving knowledge of Jesus 
Christ. 

Standing on street corners 
near a train station, subway 
entrance, or bus stop, we were 
greeted by smiling people with 
hands eager for copies of our 
books and Bibles. In spite of 
my nine word Russian vocab- 
ulary, the Lord still provided 
me opportunities to share the 
gospel with several people in 
English. And where words 
didn't communicate, actions of 
love spoke loudly. The Holy 
Spirit worked through our 
smiles, our eyes, and our open 
hearts to reach needy and 
thirsty souls. 

We were greeted with 
respect and gratitude by old and 
young alike. Those who received 
the books read them eagerly as 
they walked away. Our group saw 
men, women, boys, and girls come 
to the Lord while we were there. 
But only in heaven will we know 
the complete results of what God 
was able to accomplish through 
our willingness to share His love. 

A time for self-examination 

Being on the front lines of the 
battle for the spiritual destiny of a 
nation is an exhilarating experi- 
ence. But equally significant to me 
was the recognition of my own sin 
and my need for confession in my 
relationship with Christ. Faced 
with the depth of both the physical 
and spiritual needs of the Russian 
people, I saw the selfishness and 
greed of my heart. While I am 
thankful to God for the material 
abundance we enjoy as Americans, 
I can no longer deceive myself into 
believing that it is our birthright 
— that we deserve to live so self- 
ishly while others have so little. 

As manager of a Christian book- 
store, I am well aware of the vol- 
umes of resources the church has 
available today to equip itself for 
ministry — most of which are never 
used. Each day I sell Bibles to peo- 

OCTOBER 1992 



pie who are only adding to the col- 
lection that sits on their shelves un- 
used and collecting dust. As Amer- 
ican Christians, we have bought 




In addition to Mark (front, center) six iiiembern of 
the Winding Waters Brethren Church in Elkhart, 
Ind., were part of "Mission to Russia '92" — (clock- 
wise from Mark) Mike Streeter, Chris Slough, Liz 
Ehret, Jason Stutzman, Steve Jackson, and (not in 
the picture) Kathy Hoff. 

into our culture's "accumulation 
mentality" and have filled our lives 
with Christian things instead of 
with Christ Him^self. On the front 
lines of spiritual battle, I saw 
clearly that the victory will be won 
not by the earthly trappings of our 
faith or lifestyle, but in Christ 
alone. 

Faced with a political and finan- 
cial world that has crumbled about 
them, the former Soviets are a 
desperate people searching for 
answers — answers we know are 
found only in Christ. Many thou- 
sands of people heard our message 
of hope and responded to Christ 
during our trip. But like those who 
had preceded me, each day I too 
faced the problem of quickly run- 
ning out of books and of seeing 
many walk away with empty 
hands and hearts, because our 
supplies were gone. 

A movement of the Spirit 

The Holy Spirit is moving today 
in the former Soviet Union in ways 
unlike any other period of history. 
Since the doors have opened, hun- 
dreds of Christian organizations 
have been doing evangelism. Many 
more efforts are being planned. 

General Stenerov, the head of 
the K.G.B. and a leader in the Rus- 



sian Army, has requested the dis- 
tribution 1.2 million copies of More 
than a Carpenter to the military. 
An unusual door of opportunity 
has also been opened by 
education officials throughout 
the Commonwealth of Inde- 
pendent States. A curriculum 
entitled "Christian Ethics and 
Morality: a Foundation for 
Society" will be instituted in 
the public schools. Confer- 
ences are being convened in 
each school district to intro- 
duce teachers to a Christian 
world view and the basics of 
Christianity. 

The fields are truly white 
unto harvest, and God's desire 
is for His church to respond 
and gather souls for His king- 
dom. I personally have never 
seen a greater openness to the 
gospel message than the open- 
ness I witnessed in Russia. 
But the time is short. The 
harvest in only for a season. Those 
of us who were a part of "Mission 
to Russian '92" were able to experi- 
ence that harvest first hand. And 
God has called many of us to 
return to continue to reap and also 
to disciple the new believers He 
has brought into His kingdom. 

A burden for Russian hearts 

God is touching people with a 
special burden to reach the hearts 
of the Russian people. The results 
are evident, as the body of Christ 
joins hands and works together to 
accomplish this task. Not all of us 
can go and be the hands and feet 
that deliver the nnessage. Prayer 
support and financial support are 
critical. Sending clothing, food, 
and medical supplies effectively 
demonstrates the love of Christ to 
a hurting and needy people. All of 
us must be faithful to respond to 
God's call in some way during this 
crucial period of history. 

My journey started in Denver in 
1990, but it is far from over. My 
steps are not under my own direc- 
tion, but are determined for me as 
I follow the One who called me. 
For I heard the voice of the Lord 
saying, "Whom shall I send? And 
who will go for us?" And I said, 
"Here am I. Send me!" [j] 




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VI 



House 
of 

New 
Beginnings 



Changing Attitudes and Lives 

Through 
The House of New Beginnings 



By Arlene I. Bauman 



GOD'S WORD says. Delight 
thyself also in the Lord; and 
he shall give thee the desires of 
thine heart (Psalm 37:4, kjv). 

In 1983 I prayed that God would 
place me in a ministry in which I 
could serve Him and glorify His 
presence in the community. He 
knew my heart and led me to 
others who were likewise burdened 
to serve Him. 

A ministry to pregnant teen-agers 

Through much prayer and seek- 
ing, we were led to start The 
House of New Beginnings (HNB), 
a Christian maternity home. It 
became clear to us that He was 
directing us to provide the mercy 
of His love and care to pregnant, 
unwed teen-agers. 

When God's hand is in some- 
thing, you can count on His bless- 
ing and protection. So He gave us 
the burden and the steps to do His 
will. 

Psalm 68:5 {KJV) says, "A father 
of the fatherless, and a judge [de- 
fender] of the widows, is God in his 



The writer, 
Mrs. Arlene 
Bauman, with 
her husband 
Ruse at the 
annual public 
relations ban- 
quet for The 
House of New 
Beginnings. 
The Baumans 
are longtime 
members of the 
First Brethren 
Church of 
Sergeantsville, 
New Jersey. 



holy habitation." His command in 
James 1:27 is to care for widows 
and orphans. At The House of New 
Beginnings we do just that. 

We care for young women who, 
because of their decision to carry 
their babies to term, have been 
cast out by family, abandoned by 
boyfriends, overwhelmed by lies of 
deceit, and thrust headlong toward 
poverty. It is the enemy's attempt 
to rob, murder, and destroy. 

Herein is the warfare: at The 
House of New Beginnings we are 
part of the Lord's plan to save 
these young women. So it isn't 
surprising that we fight and strug- 
gle for all the ground we gain. And 
we do gain ground — little by lit- 
tle, step by step. 

One of the first steps we took 
was to set up a network of shep- 
herding homes. That's what I did 
initially: I was a shepherding- 
home parent, along with my hus- 
band Russ. We opened our home to 
four young women. That was an 
exciting time, when you consider 
that we had four children of our 




own. Our memories of those young 
women are strong. 

Recently we had a Leap of Joy 
Celebration to praise and worship 
the Lord for His faithfulness to the 
home. Russ shared with the fellow- 
ship his memory of getting up at 
two o'clock in the morning to drive 
a young woman the long distance 
to an emergency care facility. The 
tragedy of that night lasted eight 
weeks and ended with the sad 
death of the premature baby. God 
shared His love with Russ and me 
during this time by giving us our 
Brethren Church family, which 
prayed for us and helped us care 
for our four young children during 
this emergency. 

Russ also shared the joy of good 
news, when the labor was fruitful 
and the mother and child were 
healthy. 

A step of faith 

Over the years our work with 
the young women increased, and 
so did our labor to raise funds to 
purchase a four-family home in 
High Bridge, New Jersey. This was 
a milestone in the history of The 
House of New Beginnings. We 
agreed to a financial responsibility 
to meet a monthly mortgage pay- 
ment. While we would love to be 
free of this obligatioii, the Lord has 
been faithful to provide the 
$2,023.34 needed every month. 

Sometimes we're late with the 
payment, particularly in the sum- 
mer. Yet, throughout the past five 
years, not only has the monthly pay- 
ment been made, but His church 
has renovated and decorated the 
home, making it a lovely setting 
for the women who come here. 

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"We care for young women who, because of their decision to carry their babies 
to term, have been cast out by family, abandoned by boyfriends, overwhelmed 
by lies of deceit, and thrust headlong toward poverty. " 




The House of New Beginnings. The building was originally a school and had 
been made into four apartments. Now, with the help of many volunteers from area 
churches, it has been transformed into a lovely Christian maternity home. 



Women whom we have served in 
past years now come back to ex- 
perience again God's love, which 
always managed to come through 
despite the stress and strain of 
this work. I like it the most when 
the young woman wants to show 
her child the room where their 
time was spent while the yet un- 
born child was being wonderfully 
and wondrously made. 

Providing daily guidance and 
care for the young women in the 
home are the house parents. This 
job places a dedicated couple in the 
midst of calamity, joy, reward, 
challenge, growth, stress, strain, 
shock, renewal, revelation, heart- 
break, stunned disbelief. Yet, in 
the midst of all this, they manage 
to develop a deeper walk with the 
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The 
need for couples with spiritual 
maturity is obvious. The faint- 
hearted need not apply. 

A "Circle of Care" 

The Lord has mighty plans for 
those He leads into this ministry. 
He calls them to be part of a 
"Circle of Care," which at The 

October 1992 



House of New Beginning is a group 
of individuals, professionals, agen- 
cies, HNB staff members, house 
parents, volunteers, donors, and 
board members with experience in 
medicine, counseling, adoption, 
social services, administration, 
finances, etc. It's amazing to real- 
ize how much spiritual, physical, 
medical, financial, and administra- 
tive resource and support is neces- 
sary in order to help a group of 
young women bring their babies to 
term. It is a team effort, and I 
have the privilege of being the 
"Care Team" leader. 

A "Circle of Prayer" 

The "Circle of Care" is, in turn, 
supported by a "Circle of Prayer." 
Our goal is to have 2,500 "Circle of 
Prayer" members, who intercede 
for us according to a pattern of 
prayer and financial support dic- 
tated by the Lord's leading. We 
call it the HNB 30/30 ministry 
support plan. 

Members, after seeking the 
Lord's will for their involvement in 
the "Circle of Prayer," choose to 
spend from 30 seconds in daily 



prayer and 30 cents per day in per- 
sonal sacrifice to 30 minutes in 
daily prayer and $30 per day in 
personal sacrifice. We, in turn, 
provide each "Circle of Prayer" 
member with a "prayer pad" of 13 
envelopes and a praying hands 
lapel pin that signals commitment 
to a personal form of worship and 
sacrifice. 

We believe that the Lord has or- 
dained this program as a means of 
providing for the next step in the 
growth of The House of New Begin- 
nings — starting a "Mom's Home." 
This will enable us to extend God's 
love to these young women after 
they give birth. Currently, when a 
young woman gives birth, she then 
leaves The House of New Begin- 
nings and returns home, goes to a 
mom's home, or takes an apart- 
ment. We can only continue to care 
for those who remain in the 
vicinity of HNB. Starting our own 
Mom's Home would enable us to 
continue to minister to more of 
these young mothers. 

An experience of God's caring love 

When a young woman leaves The 
House of New Beginnings, it is our 
hope that she will take with her 
the parenting, child-development, 
nutrition, decision-making, and 
general life skills training that she 
received while at the home. More 
than this, however, we want her to 
take with her an experience of 
God's caring love for her spiritual 
salvation. 

Yes, God answered my prayer to 
put me in a ministry in which I 
could serve Him. It has not been 
without problems and frustrations, 
but it has also brought me great 
blessing and joy. I can truly say 
that God has given me the desires 
of my heart. My delight is to serve 
Him each day by being His instru- 
ment at The House of New Begin- 
nings. Through this ministry He 
changes attitudes and lives. [f] 



Hurricane Andrew issues 

A Call to Service 

to the First Brethren Church of Sarasota 



By Mark Ray, with Linda Yoder 



". . . you are my refuge in the day 
of disaster." Jer. 17:17, NIV 

MOST BRETHREN live quite 
some distance from the 
devastation left behind by Hur- 
ricane Andrew. This is not the 
case, however, for the First Breth- 
ren of Sarasota, Florida. There- 
fore, out of this disaster eirose a 
powerful call to service for the 
Ministry of Outreach of this con- 
gregation. 

For some time this Ministry had 
been seeking ways to provide short- 
term mission opportunites to mem- 
bers of the congregation. When 
Hurricane Andrew devastated 
parts of southern Florida, the way 
became clear. God immediately 
opened doors through which the 
Ministry of Outreach could offer 
opportunities for service. The con- 
gregation, in turn, made an over- 
whelming response to these oppor- 

Mr. Ray is Director of Ministries and 
Youth at the Sarasota, Fla., First 
Brethren Church. Ms. Yoder chairs the 
church's Ministry of Outreach. 




Members of the second, work team that went to Homestead. 



tunities, a response that was both 
remarkable and encouraging. 

The outreach to the needs in 
southern Florida became a "total 
church" project. Fifty-seven mem- 
bers of the congregation took part 
in three mission trips to Homestead, 
the area hardest hit by Andrew. 
But in addition to these, many 
other people contributed food and 
supplies for distribution and gave 
money to purchase food, gas, and 
supplies for the hurricane victims 




An overview of some of the devastation, as seen from the Florida Turnpike. 



and the work teams. More than 
$1,500 was raised. In addition, the 
Day and Evening W.M.S. groups 
assisted by preparing meals and 
refreshments for the work teams. 

The Mennonite Disaster Service 
in Sarasota directed us to the 
family of Rev. Ludlow Walker, a 
Mennonite pastor whose house 
was damaged and whose church 
building was destroyed. During 
our three trips, we were able to 
concentrate our relief and clean- 
up efforts in his 
neighborhood. We 
cleaned up the 
yards and cleared 
out the houses of 
five families. This 
was not an easy 
task, since most of 
the houses that 
remained standing 
had no roofs, and, 
as a result, every- 
thing inside — 
from interior walls 
to furniture — was 
ruined and needed 
to be removed. 

The people we 
helped gave amaz- 

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fe^ 








B^ 


H .. ', 




Sarasota First Brethren Church clean-up crews at work. Standing at left in left photo is Sarasota Pastor Dan Gray. 



ing testimonies of their experi- 
ences with Hurricane Andrew. Rev. 
Walker and his family sought 



their joy in the midst of tragedy. 
Certainly, God was their "refuge in 
the day of disaster." 




Clean up work begins at the home of the Santa Cruz family. 

An estimated 65,000 homes were 
destroyed by Andrew, and 250,000 
people were left homeless. The 



protection from the storm in a 
bathroom, which was the only part 
of their house where the windows 
did not shatter. Moments after 
they left the protection of the 
bathroom, the roof collapsed. God 
heard their prayers and praises, 
and He protected them. 

Another family, the Leons, lost 
everything except their lives. The 
entire roof of their home was gone 
except for one part over a closet in 
which they had huddled and prayed 
for God's protection. In testimony 
of his faith, Mr. Leon said with a 
thankful heart, "I'm the most 
blessed person in the world." 

Even though we of the Sarasota 
Church had gone to minister to 
those in need, many of them 
blessed us through the testimony 
of their living faith in Christ and 

October 1992 



magnitude of the destruction is un- 
fathomable. It cannot be captured 
in a picture or adequately por- 
trayed on television, because the 
devastation goes on for mile after 
mile. 

It will take many months before 
the people of Dade County, 
Florida, are settled in homes 
again. Nevertheless, hope is being 
restored to southern Florida. Just 
as the trees that were left standing 
are beginning to bud again, so are 
the hopes of the people. 

At the Sarasota First Brethren 
Church, we have been humbled by 
what we have witnessed. And we 
have grown through what we have 
been able to do. We are also look- 
ing forward to additional mission 
projects in the Homestead area. 

We remember the words of Jesus, 
Who said, "I tell you the truth, 
whatever you did for one of the 
least of these brothers of mine, you 
did for me" (Matt. 25:40, iV/v). [f] 











Home of the Leon family after much of the clean up had been done. 



The Most Hopeful Sign of Our Times: 

A Growing Prayer Movement Points America Toward Spiritual Revival 

Part one of a three-part article by David Bryant. 



Is IT POSSIBLE that God could 
kindle the fires of spiritual re- 
vival in our nation at this critical 
point in our history? In my travels 
around the country in recent 
months, I've witnessed an unprece- 
dented grass-roots prayer move- 
ment that I'm convinced will prove 
to be the precursor of a sweeping 
moral and spiritual rebirth in 
America. Something extraordinary 
is taking place. It may be the most 
hopeful sign of our times. Let me 
share a few examples: 

• Times Square Church recently shut 
down all local programs and ac- 
tivities in order to concentrate ex- 
clusively on prayer for the desper- 
ate needs of New York City. The 
5,000-member urban church led 
by evangelist David Wilkerson is 
one of America's fastest growing. 

• Ben Patterson, a spiritual leader in 
New York City, has recently made 
prayer for revival a centerpiece of 
his preaching and leadership in 
the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). 
As a result. New Providence Pres- 
byterian Church is quickly becom- 
ing a renewal center for the entire 
New York metropolitan area. For 
Patterson, it's a return to his first 



Dr. Bryant, an in- 
ternationally known 
author, trainer, and 
speaker, is founder 
and president of Con- 
certs of Prayer Inter- 
national. He has 
worked with move- 
ments of united 
prayer worldwide for 
more than ten years, 
often conducting city- 
wide united prayer 
rallies for spiritual 
awakening and world 
evangelization. 

Dr. Brayant is scheduled to be the m 
and workshop leader at the 1993 General 




love. He made revival a priority 
some 20 years ago while still in 
seminary. 

• Hundreds of thousands of 
believers gathered at municipal 
buildings to pray for America on 
May 7, the National Day of 
Prayer, just days after tragic inci- 
dents of racial violence erupted in 
Los Angeles and other cities. The 
American Family Association said 
the "Meet at City Hall" events 
were organized in more than 2,500 
locations. 

• Groupsof 70 pastors each gathered 
in four different cities (Spokane, 
Wash., Minneapolis, Cleveland, 
and Colorado Springs) last fall to 
pray for nationwide revival. One 
group met for just half a day, while 
another spent four full days in 
prayer and fasting. No one in any 
of the groups knew that similar 
meetings had been planned at the 
same time. 

• In Philadelphia, Christians are 
uniting in prayer for spiritual 
awakening as churches prepare for 
a Billy Graham crusade. The city 
has been divided into 35 regions, 
and believers in each area have 
organized their own prayer effort. 

• Southern Baptist 
leaders are uniting 
their congregations 
across the country in 
what they call "solemn 
assemblies." Based 
on the book of Joel, 
the meetings es- 
sentially are calls for 
repentance and de- 
nomination-wide re- 
newal. Meanwhile, 
the Church of God 
(Cleveland, Tenn.) 
has set out to recruit 
retired pastors to 
pray for spiritual 
revival. The original 
goal of the strategy 



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Conference. 



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was to enroll 1,000 clergy. Today, 
the number of participants in the 
program, called "The PrayerBome," 
has climbed to nearly 5,000. 

> Last fall, an estimated 1 million 
junior high and high school stu- 
dents prayed for revival during 
"See You at the Pole," a prayer 
event sponsored by national youth 
ministries. 

» College students also are joining 
the move. At Stanford University, 
from 300 to 500 students from all 
campus ministry organizations 
meet regularly to pray for revival 
and evangelism. 

' A prayer movement has been brew- 
ing in Cleveland, Ohio, for almost 
nine years. In the last two years, 
between 6,000 and 7,000 people 
(including 1,000 teen-agers) have 
taken part in city-wide prayer ral- 
lies. In Minneapolis, 300 congre- 
gations have committed themselves 
to pray for revival for seven years, 
just "to see what God will do." 

» In Los Angeles, between 300 and 
1,000 pastors gather every quarter 
to spend half a day in prayer for 
their city and the nation. Just 
days after the recent LA riots, 
about 700 area pastors from 
assorted backgrounds united in 
prayer at First Presbyterian 
Church in Hollywood. 

» In New England, a prayer move- 
ment is growing on many levels in 
a five-state area. Some region-wide 
prayer rallies have attracted 
thousands of participants. 

» On May 23, hundreds of thousands 
of Christians were to march 
through the streets of 125 Amer- 
ican cities, while simultaneous 
processionals were to be staged in 
29 European countries. The 
March for Jesus event is being 
planned in 1994 to coincide with 
"A Day to Change the World," a 
gathering of 1 million Christians 
in Seoul, Korea. 

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Many evangelical leaders have 
stated that they believe this in- 
crease in united prayer fore- 
shadows spiritual awakening. Paul 
Cedar, president of the Evangelical 
Free Chvirch of America, recently 
wrote: "Without a doubt, the major 
opportunity before us is the poten- 
tial of a historic revival akin to the 
first and second Great Awaken- 
ings. . . . The encouraging 'sign' of 
an impending awakening is the 
grass-roots prayer movement God 
is raising up throughout this na- 
tion among pastors, denomina- 
tions, congregations, families, and 
individuals. There is an unusual 
openness among church leaders for 
cooperation and great movements 
of prayer and evangelistic outreach 
in the decade of the 1990s.'' 

Those who are students of revival 
are encouraged because they see a 
divine pattern repeating itself. 
Robert Coleman of the Association 
of Church Missions Committees 
noted in a recent interview that he 
feels we are on the threshold of 
revival due to three developments: 
(1) the increase of citywide con- 
certs of prayer; (2) the gathering 
together of pastors in concerted 
prayer; and (3) the growing con- 
cern for revival among our young 
people. On this last point, David 



McKenna, president of Asbury 
(Ky.) Seminary, reached a positive 
assessment of the future based on 
his study of what God has done 
and is doing among young people. 
His conclusion is found in the title 
of his latest book. The Coming 
Great Awakening. J. Edwin Orr 
summarized for me in one sen- 
tence his 60 years of study on 
prayer and spiritual awakening 
when he wrote: "Whenever God is 
ready to do something new with 
His people. He always sets them to 
praying." 

This was certainly true during the 
First Great Awakening. In 1746, 
Jonathan Edwards published a 
book on "concerts of prayer" — a 
term used in his day and repeated 
in subsequent prayer movements 
over the last 250 years. Well aware 
from biblical and historical ac- 
counts that united prayer was the 
only way to sustain the spiritual 
awakening that already had begun 
in the colonies, Edwards called for 
Christians on both sides of the At- 
lantic to pray for revival. The title 
of his book summarizes what is 
happening throughout the Body of 
Christ at this hour in the grov^h of 
the prayer movement: An Humble 
Attempt to Promote Explicit Agree- 
ment and Visible Union of God's 



People in Extraordinary Prayer, for 
the Revival of the Church and the 
Advancement of Christ's Kingdom 
on Earth. 

Edwards' book, along with such 
classic texts as Andrew Murray's 
Key to the Missionary Problem and 
Timothy Smith's Revivalism and 
Social Reform, suggest there 
usually are five phases in every 
historic revival : (1) Intercession — 
God's people begin to unite in 
prayer for revival; (2) Revelation — 
God answers prayer by pouring 
out a fresh new manifestation of 
the person of Christ; (3) Consecra- 
tion — as a result, God's people 
consecrate themselves to Him, to 
each other, and to the work of 
Christ in the world; (4) Revitaliza- 
tion — ministries are purified and 
rejuvenated and become more 
fruitful, both locally, nationally, 
and beyond; (5) Expansion — out 
of revival the gospel is advanced 
further, the church makes a 
greater impact upon the surround- 
ing culture, and a general spiritual 
awakening takes place on many 
levels. [j] 

Special Report from National and Interna- 
tional Religion Report. 

© Copyright 1992 by Media Management, 
P.O. Box 21433, Roanoke, VA 24018. Re- 
printed by permission. 



Rest and Fatigue 

The final of five articles in a series on worship — by Kenneth Sullivan. 



FATIGUE! You know what it is. You've experienced it. 
It often seems that you can't escape its grip. Demands 
are made upon your time, and things and people crowd into 
what little free space you have during the day. Rest becomes 
an elusive event. 

Paul Toumier, a Swiss physician, said, "Today's rest- 
lessness is only a stammering compared to what is to 
come." 

There is a distinction between the fatigue of work and 
emotional fatigue (to be tired of living; tired by life). The 
former is the result of a hard day's labor, and is cared for 
by rest and sleep. The latter is the consequence of life 
without spiritual balance and requires intervention by a 
higher power. 

You vacation, go boating, camping, golfing, but the 
fatigue remains. Fatigue flows from overflowing activity, 
systematic amusements. All this flurry allows you to flee 

Rev. Sullivan is pa.stor of the Milledgeville, III., Brethren 
Church. Thi.s series of articles was first printed in the Milledge- 
ville Church 's newsletter and is being reprinted in the Evangelist 
at the request of the Worship Commission of The Brethren Church. 



from the established fact — a fundamental disharmony 
persists in the center of your existence. This is a yoke we 
have placed on our own shoulders. 

Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and 
burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matt. 11:28, Niv). 
Fatigue results from the absence of a harmonious relation- 
ship with God, from the failure to be truly at peace with 
Him. Rest is not a thing which we can possess and which 
we can provide for ourselves. God is our rest. In other 
words, rest has its source outside ourselves. 

The biblical concept of rest does not cover only the 
idea of suspension of activity. It includes repair and 
regeneration. God wants to bring the effects of redemption 
to the entire scope of our existence. 

If we expect to exfierience the biblical idea of rest, we 
must go to the source. God is the provider. The means of 
rest is our surrender in obedience to His Son Jesus Christ. 
The method involves participation in the act of corporate 
worship, where God, in those special moments, provides 
the elements of rest. 

As the Psalmist tells us, "Rest in the Lord . . ." (Psalm 
37:7, nasb). 



October 1992 



Campus 
Ministries 




Ashland University Students on the Avenue of the Eagles 



Who's That Walking on Campus? 



WHO'S that walking on cam- 
pus? Is it the record number 
of new students at Ashland Uni- 
versity? To be sure, this is a year 
of record enrollment. But no, that's 
not who's walking on campus. 

Who's that walking on campus? 
I have to wonder if that wasn't 
the question being asked in a bar- 
bershop in downtown Princeton, 
New Jersey, more than 175 years 
ago, when news of more than 50 

A strong credit to the present ad- 
ministration and to the lasting founda- 
tion of leadership developed during the 
tenure of Dr. Joseph R. Shultz. 

Dr. Gleason is Director of Religious 
Life on the Ashland University campus. 



By Michael Gleason 

student conversions was reported 
on the Princeton University cam- 
pus, with one-half of those con- 
verted entering full-time Chris- 
tian ministry (p. 27). That this 
event was something really worth 
talking about becomes evident 
when you learn that a decade 
earlier only two students on the 
entire Princeton campus professed 
any religion whatsoever (p. 19). 

Who's that walking on campus? 
He also visited Yale in 1802 and 

This and other historical informa- 
tion and the brief quotations through- 
out this article are taken from Campus 
Aflame by J.E. Orr (Regal Books, 1971). 
The page numbers in parentheses are 
the pages on which the information or 
quotation is found. 



produced 75 converts, which was 
one-third of the entire student 
body at that time! In 1815 He 
returned to call another 80 to 
faith (pp. 26-27). 

This timeless Visitor came to 
the Connecticut vallej' in the mid- 
1800's, where He walked among 
the collegiate community at Am- 
herst, penetrating the hearts of 
the entire college (p. 58). It was 
reported that only three or four 
seniors remained unconverted. 

His journey included a walk 
through the hills of Pennsylvania, 
including a trip to Jefferson Col- 
lege in Canonsburg, near Pitts- 
burgh, where he brought about 
an "extraordinary awakening" ac- 



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companied by spontaneous con- 
versions (p. 61). 

Some of the students and facul- 
ty at the University of Michigan 
in 1858 surely must have won- 
dered who was walking on cam- 
pus that year, when a strong 
evangelistic movement took the 



"The marvelous 
grace of God has 
also touched 
HOPE Fellowship, 
which also has 
nearly doubled its 
average attend- 
ance over this 
time last year " 



campus by storm (p. 64). Miami 
University in Oxford, Ohio, was 
not overlooked, for in that same 
year a record number of candi- 
dates for Christian ministry were 
Eimong the graduating class (p. 65). 
And who is this One who 
walked on the campuses of Ox- 
ford and Cambridge in England 
in the early 1900's? At a revival 
meeting during final examination 
time at Cambridge, an "unpairal- 
leled audience" came to hear the 
gospel. Of the 1,250 in attend- 
ance, 560 remained after the serv- 
ice for spiritual counsel (p. 103). 
Schools in Germany, Australia, 
New Zealand, and Africa, as well 
as dozens of other universities 
around the globe were stopping 
places on His world tour, where 
great numbers of lives were 
transformed. 

The very Spirit of God 

Who is that walking on cam- 
pus? It is the very Spirit of the 
living God. He is no stranger to 
the collegiate community, having 
visited campuses around the 
globe for centuries. And when He 
visits a campus community. He 
does things no one else is able to 



accomplish: instill hope, provide 
forgiveness, give purpose to life, 
transform lives for time and eter- 
nity. And when He comes to cam- 
pus, no power on earth can stop 
His work. 

Perhaps that's why an inquisi- 
tive seminary student who asked 
for an overview of the Ashland 
University campus ministry pro- 
gram was told that our "program" 
is the Holy Spirit. To be sure, we 
have fine staff, great facilities, 
strong and aggressive program- 
ming carried out by outstanding 
student and non-student volun- 
teer leadership. Great stuff! All 
the right ingredients to make this 
ministry work. 

But our accomplishments little 
compare with what happens 
when He visits our campus. Tak- 
ing our small efforts, the tokens 
of our devotion, our gifts of serv- 
ice, the words of our meditation, 
He does what He alone can do — 
causing lives to be changed and 
transformed. All the fruit for 
which we seek is produced when 
He visits our campus. 

He has come! 

And the good news is that He 
has come! Not in a mighty wind 
— not yet. But in a gentle, pre- 
vailing breeze. 

The Fellowship of Christian 
Athletes experienced His pres- 
ence, as two students fotmd Christ 
as Savior and 20 renewed their 
commitment to Him at their third 
meeting of the year. This organ- 
ization has necirly doubled in size 
over its average attendance last 
year. Can you guess why? The 
One who has visited campuses 
around the world for centuries 
was the honored Guest, and He 
made all the difference. 

The marvelous grace of God 
has also touched HOPE Fellow- 
ship, which also has nearly 
doubled its average attendance 
over this time last year. During a 
campfire service at the annual 
fall student retreat, students 
shared through the evening and 



Campus 
Ministries 

into the early morning hours 
their desire to fully dedicate their 
lives to the Lord and His work. 
This sharing was prompted by 
the One who joined our gathering 
that evening. 

IVIore signs of His presence 

The University Church has wit- 
nessed His presence as well, wel- 
coming an average of more than 
150 students, faculty and staff 
members during the first three 
weeks of school. Visitors are 
present every Sunday, including 
a number of non-Christians. 

The Freshman Convocation 
was the largest in recent history, 
and the all-campus President's 
Convocation was called by some 
the "best in a decade." God's 
Spirit was present, and when He 
walks into a group or a meeting, 
wonderful love mixed with gra- 
cious conviction fills the hearts of 
those present. 

That is what is happening on 
the Ashland University campus 
now. And when it happens in its 
fullness, you can bet that all the 
barbershops in Ashland will 
know the answer to the question, 
"Who's that walking on campus?" 



"Join us in praying 
that the fullness of 
His Spirit will be 
poured out on our 
labor, causing a 
great experience of 
God's grace on the 
Ashland University 
campus. " 



Although my guess is that they 
will be talking in a reverent 
whisper. 

Join us in praying that the full- 
ness of His Spirit will be poured 
out on our labor, causing a great 
experience of God's grace on the 
Ashland University campus, [t] 



October 1992 



13 




Campus 
Ministries 



A Year of Exciting Opportunities 

By Jeff Gilmer 



HELLO from Ash- 
land University! 
Thank you for all of 
your thoughts and 
prayers for the stu- 
dents. God has truly 
blessed our campus 
ministries, and I'd like 
to fill you in on what 
is happening here at 
the university. Al- 
ready the Lord has 
given us a glimpse of 
the awesome plans 
He has in store for us 
this year. 

Our first major 
event was the fresh- 
man chapel service. 
At that service, the 
entire sanctuary was 
filled with students 
and parents — what 
an awesome sight! 

The next event we 
sponsored was "Vol- 
leyball on the 
Green." We set up the volleyball 
nets next to the chapel, played 
contemporary Christian music, 
ate ice cream sundaes, and had a 
blast hitting the volleyball 
around. Many students stopped 
by to enjoy the activities, but I 
was shocked by the number of 
students who were enthusiasti- 
cally seeking out Christian ac- 
tivities and organizations. 

This became obvious at our 
first mid-week HOPE Fellowship 
meeting, when more than 120 

Jeff Gilmer is a senior at Ashland 
University. He is a member of the 
Ashland Park Street Brethren 
Church, where his father is the pas- 
tor. This past summer he served as a 
Crusader Intern at the Jefferson 
Brethren Church, Goshen, Ind. 




Group photograph of HOPE Fellowship. 



students attended — a standing- 
room-only crowd! It was an excit- 
ing time of praise and worship to 
Jesus Christ our Lord. 

All of this excitement carried 
over into our annual Breakaway 
retreat, when more than 40 stu- 
dents made the trek to Camp 
Bethany. Rev. Randy Saultz, as- 
sociate pastor of the Ashland 
Park Street Brethren Church, 
brought our weekend into focus 
as he led a group discussion of 
Acts 2—4 and Christian com- 
munity. We also enjoyed singing, 
testimonies, campfires, and a 
host of other camp activities. 

The Lord used this weekend to 
strengthen our community of 
believers. By the time the retreat 
was over, new Christian friend- 
ships had been formed and deeper 



relationships with Christ had 
been made. None of us wanted to 
return to campus! 

This year the HOPE Fellowship 
officers are also searching for ex- 
citing new ways to reach out to 
the student body. Some of the 
ways being planned are small- 
group Bible studies, "Lunch 
Bunch" partners, mission trips, 
evangelism training, and worship 
involvement. Each of the student 
officers has taken charge of one of 
these ministries, under the 
fabulous administration of Mike 
"Dr. G" Gleason. 

It has been a busy semester al- 
ready. We can't believe that all of 
this has happened in the first 
four weeks of school. We are ex- 
cited and astonished at what the 
Lord has and will accomplish on 



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The Brethren Evangelist 




Campus 
Ministries 



A Great Start to a Great Year 



THE LORD has truly blessed 
HOPE Fellowship at Ashland 
University during the past year. 
This year HOPE has reached 
record-breaking attendance! Every 
Wednesday night, an average of 
120 students gather to worship 
o\ar Lord Jesus Christ. 

Dr. Mike Gleason and the 
eleven officers are very busy 
making plans for the Fellowship. 
The year started with a retreat, 
Breakaway '92, at Camp Bethany 
September 11 — 13. Breakaway 
gave students a chance to get 
away from campus and, most im- 
portantly, an opportunity to 
make new Christian friends. 

Randy Saultz, associate pastor 
at Park Street Brethren Church, 
was the speaker for the weekend. 
He focused on how important it is 
for each of us to be a "Barnabas" 
and to encourage one another. 
Breakaway was a great start to 
what I believe is going to be a 
great year. 

As members of HOPE Fellow- 
ship, we try to reach out to as 

Jennifer Thomas, a senior at Ash- 
land University, is a HOPE Fellow- 
ship officer and co-coordinator of the 
Short Term Missions Ministry. She is 
a member of Park Street Brethren 
Church in Ashland. 



(continued from previous page) 
our campus, and we're happy 
that He has allowed us to be a 
part of it. 

Please continue to pray for 
us and for our Christian wit- 
ness on the Ashland Univer- 
sity campus. Pray, also, that 
God will continue the spirit of 
revival here. We can't wait to 
see where God will take us the 
rest of this year. [f] 



By Jennifer Thomas 




many people as we can, both on 
and off campus, through share 
groups, gospel teams, and mis- 
sion trips. This year we have 
approximately 10 Bible studies 
already in progress, with more in 
the planning. A few of the groups 
are focusing on sharing the 
gospel with individuals who do 
not know Jesus Christ as their 
Lord and Savior. Other groups 
are studying a particular book of 
the Bible or are getting professors 
involved as speakers or partici- 
pants in their study groups. 

This year there are four gospel 
teams anxious to get started. They 
plan to travel to churches in 
Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. 

Last year the mission team was 
blessed with the opportunity to 
travel to Washington, D.C., and 
Lost Creek, Kentucky. And for 
the first time in the history of 
Ashland University, a teeim of stu- 
dents traveled to Juarez, Mexico. 

The Mexico missions team spent 
one week in Juarez distributing 
Bibles to a Communist colony and 
going door to door to invite people 
to the local church. Services were 
held every evening, and the mis- 



sion team prepared the worship. 

Many lives were touched by the 
Mexico trip. One student felt the 
call to mission work. Many of the 
people with whom we came into 
contact were touched just by our 
example of being in Mexico. 

The Missions Ministry is very 
anxious to get started this year, 
and we are making contacts for 
this year's trips. We are looking 
into the possibility of going to 
Detroit and Pittsburgh. We also 
plan to work more in Ashland 
and the surrounding communities. 
And we are looking into return- 
ing to Juarez — with twice the 
number of people — in May 1993. 

I would like personally to take 
this opportunity to thank The 
Brethren Church as a whole for 
supporting our mission teams 
throughout the year. Thank you 
for all of your prayers and for the 
gifts we have received to make 
these ministries possible. Please 
keep on praying that the Lord 
will continue to work on this 
campus and that we as leaders 
will carry out the Lord's will. 
Thank you again for all of your 
support. May God bless you. [f] 



October 1992 



15 



UPDATE 



BRETHREN CHURCH NEWS 




The older pari {at left) of the North Georgetown Church building is slightly younger than 
the congregation, having been put into use in June 1893. The educational wing (at right) was 
added in 1 966. Photo by Pastor Fred Brandon. 

North Georgetown Church Launches 
Centennial Observance in September 



North Georgetown, Ohio — The First 
Brethren Church of North Georgetown 
launched its centennial observance on 
Sunday, September 20, with special 
services that included Sunday school, 
worship, a carry-in dinner, and an 
afternoon program. 

Rally Day was observed during the 
Sunday school hour. April Lowmaster 
provided special music during the wor- 
ship service, and Rev. Donald Rowser, 
pastor of the Goshen, Ind., First Breth- 
ren Church, delivered the message. Rev. 
Rowser pastored the North Georgetown 




congregation from 1953 to 1958. At the 
conclusion of the service, the 131 wor- 
shipers went outdoors to release 
helium-filled balloons bearing the name 
and address of the church and the cen- 
tennial motto — "Looking Back with 
Joy, Looking Forward with Hope." 

The afternoon program began with a 
concert by Dave and Sharon Heestand, 
followed by a slide presentation entitled 
"Out of the Past." 

On display throughout the day was 
the church's Centennial Quilt, a project 
of Marjorie Stoffer, Evelyn Mercer, and 

Standing in 
fi-ont of the 
Centennial 
Quilt are (I. 
to r.) former 
pastor Rev. 
Donald Row- 
ser and his 
wife Char- 
lene; former 
pastor Rev. 
Jerald Rad- 
cliffand his 
wife Grace; 
and current 
pastor Rev. 
Fred Brandon 
and his wife 
Carolyn. 
Photo by 
PattI Curlman. 



other women in the church. In the cen- 
ter of the quilt is a picture of the church 
building, and on the remaining squares 
are the names of every family in the 
church and some symbol or artwork rep- 
resentative of each family. 

The September 20th celebration was 
the beginning of several months of spe- 
cial activities by the North Georgetown 
Brethren in observance of their centen- 
nial year. The next special event will be 
revival seirvices October 25-29, led by 
Rev. Jerald Radcliff, pastor of the 
church from 1961 to 1964. 

The centennial observance will culmi- 
nate June 20, 1993, with Homecoming 
and a celebration of the 100th anniver- 
sary of the church building. Rev. Lynn 
Mercer, a son of the congregation who 
pastors the Gretna (Bellefontaine, Ohio) 
Brethren Church, will be the speaker on 
that occasion. 

The North Georgetown congregation 
was established in the fall of 1892 fol- 
lowing a series of revival services by 




The original North Georgetown Church 
building, constructed in 1893. 

Rev. LD. Bowman, at which 54 persons 
were converted. Church services were 
held in the North Georgetown Town 
Hall until a church building was dedi- 
cated June 18, 1893. 

That building, which is still in use, 
has seen several improvements and ad- 
ditions over the past century. A base- 
ment was dug in 1932, and an education 
wing providing more classrooms, a fel- 
lowship hall, and a kitchen was added 
in 1966. 

A house next to the church was pur- 
chased in 1965 for use as a parsonage, 
where the current pastor. Rev. Fred 
Brandon, and his wife, Carolyn, live. 

— reported by Pastor Fred Brandon 

We cannot always be defending the 

truth. Sometimes we have to feed on it. 

— C.S. Lewis 



16 



The Brethren Evangeust 



UPDATE 




Flora Church Celebrates 75th Anniversary 
Of Dedication of Present Church Building 



Flora, Ind. — Members of the Flora 
First Brethren Church celebrated the 
75th anniversary of the dedication of 
the present church building on Sunday, 
September 20. 

The celebration included Rally Day 
activies during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday 
school, a special worship service at 
10:30 a.m., and a carry-in meal at noon. 
Guest speaker for the worship service 
was Rev. Clarence Kindley, who served 
the church from 1965 to 1971 and was 
pastor when the church celebrated the 



50th anniversary of the building in 
1967. 

The present church building was con- 
structed in 1917 to replace an original 
white frame building. The general con- 
tract was let on April 15, 1917, and work 
began immediately. On June 30, 1917, 
the cornerstone was laid, and Pastor 
W.T. Lytle gave the address. The build- 
ing was dedicated on September 17, 
1917. Rev. Alvin Grumbling is the cur- 
rent pastor of the Flora congregation. 
— reported hy Mildred Mullendore 



Virgina Law is Honored 
For 50 Years of Teaching 

Lanark, 111. — Mrs. Virginia Law was 
honored recently by the First Brethren 
Church of Lanark for her 50 years of 
service to the Lord and the Lanark 
Church as a Sunday school teacher. 

Mrs. Law was the guest of honor at a 
picnic supper held in Lanark City Park 
in June. 

Mrs. Law recently retired from teach- 
ing the adult "Young at Heart" class, but 
during her 50 years of teaching she also 
taught the junior high and high school 
classes. 

Many of Mrs. Law's former pupils at- 
tended the picnic. Also present was her 
sister, Dorothy Ruth Glen, a member of 
the Milledgeville, 111., Brethren Church. 

In appreciation for her years of teach- 
ing, the Ministry of Christian Education 
presented Mrs. Law with a corsage and 
a house plant. C.E. Ministry member 

October 1992 




Virginia Law with corsage and house plant 
from the Ministry of Christian Education. 

Carl Erbsen also decorated a cake that 

said, "Thanks, Virginia!!!" 

— reported by Sue Miclutel; photo by Dee Gruhn 



Dale R. SlofTer Named to Faculty 
At A.sMan<l llieological Seminary 

Ashland, Ohio — Dr. Dale R. Stoffer 
has been named assistant professor of 
historical theology at Ashland Theo- 
logical Seminary. 

Dr. Stoffer comes to this position after 
12 years as pastor of the Smoky Row 
Brethren Church, a church he began as 
a mission congregation in September 
1980. Since 1984 he has served as an 
adjunct professor at the seminary, in 
addition to his pastoral responsibilities. 

Dale, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas 
Stoffer, grew up in the Canton Trinity 




Dr Dale R. Stoffer 

Brethren Church. He received a bach- 
elor of arts degree in religion and psy- 
chology from Ashland University in 1972, 
a master of divinity degree in theology 
from Ashland Theological Seminary in 
1975, and a Ph.D. degi-ee in historical 
theology from Fuller Theological Sem- 
inary in 1980. At Fuller he did his doc- 
toral dissertation on The Background 
and Development of Thought and Prac- 
tice in the German Baptist Brethren 
(Dunker) and The Brethren (Progres- 
sive) Churches (1650-1979). 

Dr. Stoffer has written a nximber of 
articles on Brethren life and thought, 
which have appeared in the EVANGELIST 
and other publications. He served as 
General Conference moderator for The 
Brethren Church in 1988. 

He is married to the former Marcia 
McPherson from Bellefontaine, Ohio 
(Gretna Brethren Church), and they are 
the parents of two children, Anne (10) 
and Paul (8). 

The Church is not an art gallery for 

exhibition of eminent Christians, but a 

school for the education of imperfect ones. 

-H.W.Beecher 

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UPDATE 



Senior Members of the Indiana District 
Enjoy Good Time at Golden Age Retreat 



Shipshewana, Ind. — Older church 
members in the Indiana District got 
together August 31 to September 3 at 
the Brethren Retreat Center for a time 
of fellowship, inspiration, and fun at the 
annual Golden Age Retreat. 

The retreat started off Monday after- 
noon and evening with a get-acquainted 
time, headed by Molly Cotter, wife of the 
administrator of the Retreat Center. 

Later, Rev. Herb Gilmer led a memo- 
rial service for departed Brethren, with 
various ones sharing memories honoring 
Rev. George Brown, Rev. Clarence Stogs- 
dill, Grace Baker, Rev. W.E. Thomas, 
and Barbara Grinstead (daughter of 
Rev. Fred and Betty Snyder). 



Daily morning watch services were 
conducted by Mary Ellen Miller, Don 
Siders, John Porte, and Rev. Duane 
Dickson. Vespers were led by Eunice 
Brower and Vema Randall. 

Rev. James R. Black, Executive 
Director of the Missionary Board, was 
present to give a three-session update 
on Brethren missions — a message, a 
narrated slide presentation, and a video 
overview of Brethren mission work. 

On the lighter side, Wednesday eve- 
ning was fun night. Several skits were 
performed and humorous readings pre- 
sented. Everything was video-taped, to 
be enjoyed again later and to give those 
taking part an opportunity to critique 



Oakville Church Hosts 
July 25th Missions Fair 

Oakville, Ind. — Approximately 120 
Brethren from the Carmel, Muncie, and 
Oakville churches gathered at Oakville 
on Sattirday, July 25, for a Missions 
Fair. 

The focus of the event was Brethren 
missions in Peru, Colombia, and Argen- 
tina. Each church set up a booth featur- 
ing a display, food, and games repre- 
sentative of one of these three countries. 

On hand to give first-hand infoima- 
tion about Brethren work in these 
countries were Senor Jose Rivero, presi- 
dent of The Brethren Church in Argen- 
tina; Dr. Juan Carlos Miranda, Director 
of Latin America Ministries for the Mis- 
sionary Board; and Mrs. Maria Miran- 
da, the most listened-to woman in Latin 
America, by virtue of her radio program 
"Para ti Mujer" ("For You, My Dear 



Lady"). In addition, a telephone call was 
made during the fair to Rev. Ken and 
Carolyn Solomon, Brethren mis- 
sionaries in Colombia. Ken challenged 
the Brethren to pray for workers to 
enter Christian service. 

Special music at the fair was provided 
by Jessica Michael and Chris Ford of 
Oakville, and by three young women 
visiting the U.S. from Argentina — 
Marcela Rivero (Jose's daughter), 
Patricia Rivero (a cousin), and Gabriela 
Herrera. 

Those who attended the fair brought 
items for a bake sale and auction. Dayrl 
Merrill of Oakville was the auctioneer, 
and $765.15 was raised for missions. 

The fair not only offered those who 
attended a chance to learn more about 
and raise money for Brethren missions, 
it also provided members of the three 
churches an opportunity to meet one 
another and to fellowship together. 

— reported by Marjorie Bennett 




their own performances. 

A croquet tournament was held, with 
six teams entered, but unfortunately 
the final round was rained out. In a 
display of grace, tournament organizer 
Evelyn Gilmer awarded prizes (token!) 
to all the pEirticipants. 

In their business meeting, the Golden 
Agers chose Rev. Herb and Evelyn Gil- 
mer, Don and Mary Sider, and Robert 
and Mary Ellen Miller to serve as the 
planning committee for next year's re- 
treat. Rev. Clarence and Edna Kindley, 
who have served on this committee for 
26 years, were voted honorary and ad- 
visory members of the committee. 

— reported by Helen Gillis 

Lanark Church Bids Farewell 
To Pastor Schiefer and Family 

Lanark, 111. — The Lanark First 
Brethren Church said farewell to Pas- 
tor Tom Schiefer and his family at a 




Some of the booths and a few of the people at the Missions Fair. 



Photo by Dan Lawson. 



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Photo by Bob Guenzler 
Rev. Tom and Julie Schiefer with daughters 
(I. to r.) Kimberly, Laura, and Bethel 

picnic held August 16 in Lanark City 
Park. 

More than 100 members Eind friends 
of the congregation were present at the 
picnic to say good-bye to Pastor Tom, his 
wife Julie, and their three children, 
Kimberly, Bethel, and Laura. A mon- 
etary love offering and a picture album 
were presented as farewell gifts to the 
Schiefers. 

Rev. Schiefer had served the Lanark 
Church since 1987. He has now as- 
sumed the pastorate of the Smoky Row 
Brethren Church of Columbus, Ohio. 

— reported by Sue Michael 

I am very little inclined on any oc- 
casion to say anything unless I hope to 
produce some good by it. 

— Abraham Lincoln 

The Brethren Evangeust 



UPDATE 



"Go and Grow for the Goal!" is Theme 
Of Southeastern District Conference 



Frederick, Md. — "Go and Grow for 
the Goal!" was the theme of the South- 
eastern District fall inspirational con- 
ference held Saturday, September 26, 
at the Mountain View Brethren Church 
in Frederick. 

A total of 115 delegates, guests, and 
youth registered for the event, which 
was presided over by district moderator 
Rev. Pat Velanzon, pastor of the Beth- 
lehem Brethren Church. 

General Conference moderator Rev. 
Glenn Grumbling kicked off the con- 
ference with a message on the General 
Conference theme, "Witnesses to the 
World," based on Acts 1:8. He par- 
ticularly focused on the need for each 
believer to reach out with the good news 
of Jesus Christ to friends and neighbors. 

A major emphasis for the day was 
growth strategies, and a series of pre- 
sentations was made on ways churches 
can grow. 

Rebecca Keller, associate pastor for 
youth ministries at Waterbrook Breth- 
ren Church, described that church's out- 
reach with youth. Average attendance 
at the weekly Sunday evening meetings 

Nappanee Church Hosts 
Annual Missions Fair 

Nappanee, Ind. — Eight churches in 
Northern Indiana participated in a mis- 
sions fair held Saturday afternoon, 
August 22, at the Nappanee First 
Brethren Church. 

Each church set up a booth featuring 
the culture and food of a country in 
which The Brethren Church has mis- 
sion work. Participating churches and 
the country represented were: 

• Ardmore — Peru 

• Elkhart — Colombia 

• South Bend — Malaysia 

• Goshen — Argentina 

• Nappanee — India 

• Milford — USA/Home Missions 

• County Line — Mexico 

• Mishawaka — Paraguay 
Brethren missionaries Rev. Ray and 

Marilyn Aspinall were also at the fair to 
represent first hand Brethren mission 
work in Argentina. 

There was a carnival atmosphere at 
the fair, with games, athletic competi- 
tion, balloons, face painting, etc. A quilt 
and craft auction was also held. 

A total of $2,310 was raised for mis- 
sions at the event. 

— reported by Nappanee Pastor Ken Hunn 

October 1992 



of that church is 102 youth, only one- 
third of whom are children of persons 
from the church. "I want the Lord to use 
me to change their lives," she said. "All 
the Lord wants is a vessel. We can't say, 
'Lord, do something about these young 
people,' unless we're willing to do some- 
thing ourselves." 

Mark Logan of the Bethlehem Breth- 
ren Church spoke on church planting, 
offering five reasons for starting new 
churches: (1) the church is basic to God's 
plan of salvation; (2) churches have loca- 
tion; (3) churches have personality; (4) 
churches have a life cycle; and (5) young 
churches are more effective. "To be 
God's people today, we need to start new 
churches," he said. He described the for- 
mation of the 340 Brethren Church as 
an example of how a local church may 
initiate a new congregation. 

Lois Mitchell of the Mt. Olive Breth- 
ren Church told about that church's Pio- 
neer Clubs for children age four through 
eighth grade. She said that the ministry 
started in 1987 and has grown from 23 
children the first year to more than 80 
today. The clubs meet on alternate 
Tuesdays after school, and the local 
schools cooperate by allowing the school 
bus to stop at the church. The program 
has led to several parents joining the 
church after they recognized the value 
the congregation places on children. In 
explaining her own involvement in the 
Pioneer Club program, Mrs. Mitchell 
said, "I was a Girl Scout leader for many 



ye£U-s but was not allowed to pray with 
my girls. I can talk freely about the Lord 
through Pioneers." 

Ronald W. Waters, Director of Breth- 
ren Church Ministries, presented Pass- 
ing On the Promise, which he described 
as a 36-month process whereby individ- 
uals and congregations discover new 
ways to share the gospel, work for 
growth, and deepen their discipleship. 
He noted that the process offers a great 
opportunity for churches to discover 
their style of outreach. He added that 
the process encourages churches to be 
involved Ln ministries such as those de- 
scribed by the other presenters. "There 
is a great risk, however," he warned. 
"Churches who implement Passing On 
the Promise must be prepared to make 
positive changes. Operating with "busi- 
ness as usual' will not lead to effective 
outreach." 

During the afternoon session, pre- 
senters formed a panel that fielded 
questions from the delegates. 

New pastors in the district were intro- 
duced: Gerald Barr, Hagerstown; David 
Benshoff, St. Luke; Rickey Bolden, 
Washington; and Darryl Shanholtz, St. 
James (associate). 

Linda Barr, Pennsylvania District 
Youth Ministry Associate and a new 
resident of the Southeastern District, 
led the youth in their activities. Sherry 
Bowling, national Youth Ministry As- 
sociate, and Annalee Hoover of the Na- 
tional BYIC Steering Committee, also 
attended the youth conference. 

The spring business conference is 
scheduled for Saturday, April 24, 1993, 
at the Mathias Brethren Church. 

— reported hy Ronald W. Waters 









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Goshen, Ind. — Volleyball, horseback riding, swimming, hiking, wildlife viewing, 
and bingo were some of the activities enjoyed by members of the Goshen First 
Brethren Church August 14-16 at Pokagon State Park, when the church held its 
annual church campout. Sixty-two Goshen Brethren spent the weekend at the park, 
and 20 more joined them on Saturday to enjoy fellowship and stew cooked over the 
campfire. On Sunday morning a worship service was held at the campgrounds for 
the campers, and also in the church sanctuary for those who did not camp. 

— reported by Peggy Miller; photo by Dick Miller. 

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UPDATE 



Darryl Shanholtz Installed September 17 
As Assistant to the Pastor at Saint James 



St. James, Md. — Darryl Shanholtz, a 
member of the Saint James Brethren 
Church, was installed September 27 to 
a full-time position in the congregation 
as assistant to the pastor. 

His responsibilities will include small 
group and new member ministries, 
long-range planning, and youth pastor. 

Before assuming this position Sep- 
tember 1, Shanholtz was an accountant 
by profession and worked for a number 
of businesses in the Hagerstown area. 
In the church, he and his wife, Brenda 
(Hutzell), served for nearly 20 years as 
senior high youth advisors. 



Shanholtz is currently enrolled in the 
Certificate of Christian Ministries pro- 
gram offered by the church, and plans 
to take courses at Ashland Theological 
Seminary as he is able. 

Darryl and Brenda are the parents of 
two daughters and have one grand- 
daughter. 

Shanholtz is the second local member 
of the ministry team at St. James. The 
other is Kristy Bowers, who serves part- 
time as director of Christian education. 
Rev. Brian Moore is senior pastor of the 
congregation. 

— reported by Pastor Brian Moore 




Lanark Church 
Sends a Ton of 
Clothing to 
Riverside School 

Lanark, 111. — A ton 
of clothing! That's 
what the Lanark First 
Brethren Church sent 
to Riverside Christian 
School at Lost Creek, 
Ky. What a surprise 
for the people at River- 
side when the 78 car- 
tons of clothing ar- 
rived in two UPS 
trucks! 
— reported by Sue Michael 



At left, this is what 
a ton of clothes looks 
like in 78 cartons! 

Photo by Merna Edwards. 



Angel Tree Brings Joy 
To Children of Prisoners 

Washington, D.C. — When a mom or 
a dad is in prison, the children of that 
parent suffer as well. 

With the parent or guardian at home 
often struggling to make ends meet, a 
child may miss out on receiving a gift at 
Christmas. 

Prison Fellowship's Project Angel 
Tree can help change that. Last year. 
Angel Tree churches sponsored over 
200,000 children nationwide, with the 
members of those churches providing 
gifts to the children of prisoners. 

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"Christmas is the time of year when 
children become sensitive to the fact 
that they may have less than others," 
said Charles W. Colson, Chairman of 
Prison Fellowship. "Coupled with the 
knowledge that they are separated from 
a parent in prison, this can be a painful 
time for children instead of a time for 
joy. With Angel Tree we can all pitch in 
to make Christmas a special day even if 
a parent is incarcerated." 

To learn how your church can become 
involved in Angel Tree, call Prison Fel- 
lowship at 1 -800-762-255 L or contact 
your local Prison Fellowship office. Pris- 
on Fellowship is a non-profit organization 
working with inmates and their families. 




Margaret A. Hess 
Ashland Times-Gazette photo 



Park Street Member Named 
"Woman of Achievement" 

Ashland, Ohio — Margaret Ann Hess, 
a member of the Ashland Park Street 
Brethren Church, has been named one 
of six "Women of Achievement" in the 
Ashland Area for 1992. 

Mrs. Hess was chosen to receive the 
"Woman to Watch" award, based on her 
career growth, personal achievements, 
and dedication 
to community 
and social is- 
sues. 

A native of 
Ashland, she 
is a graduate 
of Ashland 
High School 
and Ohio 

Northern Uni- 
versity. She is 
employed by 
Towne Phar- 
macy and by 
North Central 
Pharmacy 
Consultants, Inc., as a consultant phar- 
macist at Good Shepherd Home in Ash- 
land. 

She has served as a speaker's bureau 
member and board member of Hospice 
of Ashland County and has given pre- 
sentations to school and community 
groups about chemical awareness and 
drugs. She also volunteers with United 
Way of Ashland County, the Ashland 
City Schools, and the Ashland YMCA. 

She and her husband, Jim, a CPA 
with Whitcomb and Hess, Inc., are ac- 
tive members of Park Street Church, 
and Jim serves as moderator of the con- 
gregation. They have two sons, Tim and 
Mark. 

The "Women of Achievement" awards 
program is sponsored by Samaritan 
Hospital of Ashland. The women chosen 
for this award are selected on the basis 
of their outstanding achievements in 
their field, or for having reached beyond 
their field to contribute substantially to 
the quality of life in Ashland County 
through their involvement in commu- 
nity and social issues. 

Seoul, Korea — Thousands of Chris- 
tians in Korea are copying the Scrip- 
tures by hand. 

This has nothing to do with a shortage 
of Bibles — the Korean Bible Society is 
a leading world publisher of the Scrip- 
tures. Rather, Korean believers make 
their own Bible copies with the convic- 
tion that this discipline provides valu- 
able training in godliness. 

The Brethren Evangelist 



Little Crusader 

Jesus said, "Let the children come to tne, and do not hinder 
them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 19:14). 

A Leader to Change the World 

As you undoubtedly know, this is a special election year in our country. This is the year when 
a person is elected to serve as president of the United States for the next four years. Television 
is filled with commercials asking people to vote for George Bush or for Bill Clinton. Have you ever 
listened to these commercials? These candidates sometimes make promises about how they are 
going to make changes in the world. But they are promises they wouldn't have the power to keep 
even if they wanted to. 

Everyone wants a leader who is going to make the world a better place. It does sound nice! 
But I know of a leader who really does know how to lead the world. 

Take your Bible and read Matthew 4:1 -1 1 . The things that these verses tell about took place 
just after Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River, when God the Father had said that this was 
His Son whom He loved and with whom He was pleased. Soon Jesus would begin His ministry 
of preaching God's Good News and of healing people and sharing God's love with those who 
most needed it. But before doing that. He goes out into the desert to prepare for what is ahead. 
That's what is going on in this passage. 

First, I want you to notice Who leads Jesus into the wilderness. It says that Jesus was "led 
by the Spirit." That is God! God was leading Jesus through this time when He would prove Himself 
worthy and ready to begin God's ministry. 

Second, notice why God led Him into the desert. It was so that he could be "tempted by the 
devil." Satan (the devil) wanted to spoil God's plan for making Jesus our King by getting Him to 
be the wrong kind of leader. Jesus showed that He wouldn't try wrong ways of becoming King, 
but rather that He would do only what God the Father wanted Him to do. 

How did the devil try to trick Jesus? First, he tried to get Him to turn stones into bread. Jesus 
was very hungry. And He certainly had the power to do whatever He wanted. In fact, wouldn't He 
be a wonderful King if He could use miracles to feed all the hungry people in the world? But Jesus 
knew that even though it's very important to take care of people in need, God the Father wouldn't 
like it if He used his power in the wrong way. 

Next Satan tried to tempt Jesus with religion. He took Jesus to the holy city, to the highest 
point of the Temple, and started quoting Bible verses to Him! But Jesus knew that the right use 
of religion is to seek God and have faith in Him, not to try to trick God into doing what we want. 

Then Satan promised Jesus power. He promised Him every kingdom in the world. After all, 
Jesus had come to be King. But he would only give the kingdoms of the world to Jesus if Jesus 
would worship him (the devil)! Jesus knew better than that! He would worship and serve only God. 

Jesus then went on to begin His ministry. He did it centered on God. All through the rest of 
His life on earth, He often had to deal with people in need (hungry, sick, etc.), with people who 
were very "religious," and with people with lots of power in this world. And Jesus was ready to 
handle them all. He was ready to be the King that God wanted Him to be. 

Of course, the leader your parents will be voting for next month won't be Jesus. And the 
person who is elected won't be the real King that Jesus is. But let's pray that he will understand 
that to be a good leader means to obey God no matter what may happen. 

You're wondering what this has to do with you. You aren't old enough to vote or to run for 
president, that's true. But aren't you a leader? At school, do the other kids ask you for advice? 
Are you the leader of any club? Or just among your friends, are you one of those who play a part 
in deciding what to do? If so, you are a leader. And what is the right kind of leader? The right 
kind of leader is a person who puts what God wants first. 



October 1992 21 



UPDATE 




Grape 
Vine 



Brethren have responded generously 
to the appeal for help for those who 
suffered such great loss from Hurricane 
Andrew. As of October 1, $13,483.21 
had been received at the National Office 
designated for Hurricane Andrew Re- 
lief. Of this amount, $10,000 was sent to 
World Relief of NAE for its relief efforts 
in Florida and Louisiana, and the re- 
mainder was sent to the Domestic Dis- 
aster service of the Church of the Breth- 
ren for its relief work in these states. 
Thank you, Brethren, for your generous 
response. 

Bonnie Munson's article, "For Lack 
of a Ramp!" which appeared in the 
November 1991 issue of the EVANGEL- 
IST, was reprinted in the Summer 1992 
issue of Vim and Vigor, Tampa Bay's 
Family Health Magazine. The author's 
credit noted that in addition to serving 
as a team member of Brethren House 
Ministries, Ms. Munson is a pastoral 
care volunteer at Bayfront Medical Cen- 
ter in St. Petersburg, Fla., a member of 
the Bayfront Community Advisory 
Committee on rehabilitation issues, 
and a member of the Bayfront Acces- 
sibility Audit Team. 

Dr. J.D. "Bud" Hamel, retired 
Brethren pastor and evangelist of 
Sarasota, Fla., has been invited by 
Robert Shuster, Director of Archives for 
the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton 
College, to contribute video tapes of 
evangelistic sermons he has preached to 
the Evangelistic Preaching Collection 
of the Center. The Center is seeking 



ALASKA 

July 9-21, 1993 

Travel with us to our 

beautiful forty-ninth state. 

• One week at sea 

• One week on land. 
For more Information, 

contact tour hosts: 

Arden & Bobbi Gilmer 

1237 Thomas Drive 

Ashland, OH 44805 

Phone 1-419-289-1368 



videos of evangelistic sermons by in- 
fluential preachers that could be placed 
in the Reading Room of the Archives 
and that also could be used in the evan- 
gelistic preaching course taught on the 
Wheaton College campus. 

Dr. Alvin Shlfflett is the author of a 
recent book, TTie Beast of the East, pub- 
lished by Starburst F\iblishers. The 
book is a call to search the Scriptures 
concerning coming events. Among the 
subjects addressed are the Fall of Iraq, 
Israel, Back to the Future, the Sands of 
Armageddon, and the White Horse 
Rider. Dr. Shifflett is a former Brethren 
pastor and for a number of yeairs wrote 
"The Salt Shaker" column for The 
Brethren Evangelist. 

Melissa Turner of the Milledgeville, 
111., Brethren Church, has been 
nominated to become a Congressional 
Scholar representing Illinois in the Na- 
tional Young Leaders Conference to be 
held November 10—15 in Washington, 
D.C. As a congressional scholar she will 
be one of 350 honored as outstanding 
young leaders of tomorrow. While in 
Washington she and the other Congres- 
sional Scholars will meet with ranking 
government officials, senators and rep- 
resentatives, members of the Washing- 
ton diplomatic corps, national media 
figures, and prominent scholars. They 
will also attend a number of special 
functions in their honor, including a 
presentation on the floor of the House of 
Representatives and a special White 
House briefing. At the end of the con- 



ference, they will receive the prestigious 
National Youth Leadership Certificate 
of Merit. Melissa is president of the 
Senior BYIC at Milledgeville, and is 
very active in the church. 

David M. Holmes of the Ashland 
Park Street Brethren Church, has been 
awarded a $2,000 annual presidential 
scholarship by Ashland University as a 
result of his high academic achievement 
at Ashland High School. A freshman 
this year at AU with plans to major in 
musiq/theater with a concentration in 
Bible, David has been accepted as a 
member of the honors program at the 
university. In addition to the $2,000 
scholarship from AU, he has also been 
awarded a $500 scholarship by the Ash- 
land Noon Lions Club. David is the son 
of Richard and Gloria Holmes, members 
of Park Street Brethren Church. 

Dr. Ronald and Linda Sprunger 

have begun serving as ministers of 
music at the Ashland University Church. 
They work with the Worship Ministry 
Committee in developing and coordinat- 
ing the weekly worship services, held in 
the Center of Religious Life located in 
the university's Memorial Chapel. Dr. 
Sprunger will also direct a choir made 
up of university students and com- 
munity members, and Mrs. Sprunger 
will provide instrumental accompani- 
ment for special musicians. Dr. 
Sprunger is professor of music at Ash- 
land Theological Seminary. Mrs. 
Sprunger has assisted with church 
music ministries for 30 years. 



In Memory 

Elizabeth Johnson, 87, Seplembcr 10. Member 
of the Masontown Brethren Church. Services by 
Paitor Russell King. 

Elizabeth Gochenour, 74, September 6. Mem- 
ber of the Maurertown Brethren Church. Serv- 
ices by Rev, Kent Bennett and Pastor Richard 
Craver. 

Opal Eck, 93, September 1. Lifetime member 
and a deaconess at The Brethren Church of 
New Lebanon. Services by Pastor James F. 
Black. 

Ella Ryan, 75, August 28. Member of the 
Masontown Brethren Church, where she was 
past treasurer and secretary of the Dorcas Sunday 
schtxil class. Services by Pastor Russell King. 
Houston Shockey, 76, August 28. Attended the 
Oak Hill First Brethren Church. Services by Pas- 
tor Bill Skeldon. 

Mrs. Ethel Senst, 96, August 25. Member of The 
Brethren Church of New Lebanon. Services by 
Pastor James F. Black. 

June M. Jarvis, 74, August 24. Member of the 
Lanark First Brethren Church. Services by Rev. 
Kenneth Sullivan. 

Mildred E. Deets, 84, July 2 1 . Lifelong member 
of the Lanark First Brethren Church. Services by 
Pastor Tom Scheifer. 



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Goldenaires 

Dr. James and Marilyn Richcreek, 50lh, Sep- 
tember 6. Members of the Ashland Park Street 
Brethren Church. 

Weddings 

Mary Elizabeth Fisher to Richard Bourdon, 

Seplembcr 12, at the Ardmore Brethren Church; 
Rev. Gene Eckerley, officiating. Groom a mem- 
ber of the Ardmore Brethren Church. 
Tracy Fruitt to Greg Snepp, September 12, at 
the North Manchester First Brethren Church; 
Pastor Marlin McCann officiating. Bride a mem- 
ber of the North Manchester First Brethren Church. 
Jill Marie Shaver to Dr. Craig McBride, 
August 8, in Ft. Wayne, Indiana; Rev. Marlin 
McCann officiating. Groom a member of the 
North Manchester First Brethren Church. 
Jan Swartz to Michael Santos, July 25, in 
Syracuse, Indiana; Rev. Paul Tinkel officiating. 
Bride a member of the New Paris First Brethren 
Church. 

Membership Growth 

Valley: 2 by baptism 

Bethlehem: 4 by baptism 

North Manchester: 8 by baptism 

Pleasant View: 6 by baptism, 3 by transfer 

The Brethren Evangeust 



VOTE 




SUNDAY 
SCHOOL 



POLITICIANS aren't the only ones 
asking for your vote this fall. Evan- 
gelical Christians throughout the United 
States are being asked to VOTE SUN- 
DAY SCHOOL! 

VOTE SUNDAY SCHOOL is a six- 
week campaign that began September 
27 and runs through November 1, 1992. 
The purpose of the campaign is to em- 
phasize the importance and relevance of 
Sunday school to individuals of all ages, 
churches of all sizes, and today's society 
as a whole. The campaign seeks to: 

1. Reaffirm the necessity of Sunday 
school for this generation and celebrate 
the ministry of Sunday school teachers 
and workers. 

2. Convince the uninterested and un- 
churched that Sunday school will enrich 
their personal lives for time and eternity. 

3. Stress the critical importance of 
systematic study and practical applica- 
tion of God's word for every individual. 

4. Enroll new persons in the Sunday 
school. 

5. Increase Sunday school attendance 
in participating congregations. 

This Sunday school growth campaign 
is a joint effort of participating denom- 
inations of the National Association of 
Evangelicals (NAE) and the National 
Christian Education Association, a com- 
mission of NAE. The campaign was en- 
dorsed by the former Education and 
Leadership Commission of The Breth- 



ren Church, and all churches were con- 
tacted and urged to participate. 

Here are a few ways that you can vote 
for Sunday school during this six-week 
campaign — and throughout the year. 

Attend Sunday school regularly. If 
you are a "sometime attender," start 
attending every Sunday. If you normally 
don't attend Sunday school but only go 
to the worship service, this is a good 
time to begin taking part in the other 
half of the Sunday-morning exjjerience. 

Encourage other church members 
to attend. According to our 1991 
denominational statistics, on the average 
only 6 1 percent of those who attend the 
worship service also attend Sunday 
school. Let them know what they're 
missing! 

Invite the unchurched to attend. 
For some people, the door to the 
church (and to salvation through faith in 
Christ) is through the Sunday school. 

Express your appreciation to your 
Sunday school teachers. They are 
often taken for granted. This is a good 
opportunity to say thank you for all the 
work they do preparing and presenting 
lessons. 

Stand behind the Sunday school 
program in your church. When re- 
quests are made for funds and facilities 
for the Sunday school, be supportive. 

0Get involved. If you have spiritual 
gifts that could be used in the Sun- 



VOTE 

SUNDAY SCHOOL 



"I am proud to endorse 
the 'Vote Sunday School' 
growth campaign. Sun- 
day School is essential 
for the growth and matu- 
rity of young Christians. 
It was for me." 



Tom Landry tr 

Former Dallas Cowboys 

Coach 

Dallas 




day school (as a teacher, assistant, class 
officer, etc.), offer to use them. 

By whatever means you can, VOTE 
SUNDAY SCHOOL! [f] 

If your congregation holds special 
events as part of this campaign, we 
would be happy to receive a report and 
pictures of these activities to include in 
the Evangelist. 



Responsible Christian Citizenship 



ARE YOU READY for the election? 
As American Christians living in a 
democratic republic, we have a duty to 
vote. This is a responsibility Christ 
Himself gave us when He said, "Then 
give to Caesar what is Caesar's . . ." 
(Luke 20:25, niv).* 

If we are going to exercise this re- 
sponsibility effectively, there are at least 
four things we need to do. 

1. We must register to vote. Unfor- 
tunately, many Christians are not even 

'See "Should Christians Be Politically 
Active?" by Robert P. Dugan, Jr., in the 
March 1992 Evangelist, pp. 4-6. 

October 1992 



registered. If you are one of them, it may 
still not be too late to do so in your state. 
2. We must study the candidates 
(their character, past record, etc.) and 
their positions on the issues. And we 
ought to study the candidates for all the 
various offices, not just those running 
for president. The races for the Senate, 
the House of Representatives, and for 
state and local offices tend to get over- 
shadowed in a presidential election year. 
But these are important elections too. In 
fact, we may be able to make more of 
an impact by our vote for these can- 
didates then by our vote for president. 



We also ought to study the candi- 
dates' positions on a range of issues, not 
on just one or two. We can be seriously 
misled if we don't look at the candi- 
date's overall positions. 

3. Spend time in prayer about the 
election and about how you should vote. 
Seek God's guidance as you study the 
candidates and their positions. This 
should be something we do daily in the 
remaining time before the election. Just 
whisjjering a quick prayer before enter- 
ing the election booth is not sufficient. 

4. Get out and vote. All the rest is 
academic if we don't do this. And while 
we are at it, let's encourage other Chris- 
tians to vote as well. [f] 

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The future belongs to those who prepare 
for it. Let Ashland University provide 
the foundation for a success- 
ful career. 



Ashland University is proud of its record of 
educating hundreds of Brethren students who 
have found that the road to success travels 
through Ashland University. Many Brethren 
graduates of Ashland University serve in 
various capacities in The Brethren Church — 
both as ministerial and as lay workers. 

Students attending Ashland have the oppor- 
tunity for involvement in the campus religious 
life activities and the activities of The Brethren 
Church. 

Check out Ashland University and its many 
scholarships, including the special $800 
Brethren Grant. Ninety-five percent of AU stu- 
dents receive financial aid, with the average 
award being approximately $7,000. 

Learn more about your university. Call 1-800- 
882-1548 toll free in Ohio, or (419) 289-5052 
out of state. 





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Putting Some Thanks in Thanksgiving 

See page 4. 




The 
Changing of Leaves 



PRAISE GOD for the changing 
seasons! Our wonderful Creator 
has given such order to the creation 
tliat surroinids us! There is a season 
of warmth and of growing to matur- 
ity. There is a season of change and 
of growing cold. There is a season of 
dormancy and barrenness. Then 
there is a season of new life and ex- 
pectancy. 

So it is with the seasons of our 
lives. I've heard this analogy before, 
but it was never so real to me as it 
became dining my husband's first 
year of seminary. 

We were certain of God's call on 
our lives. We heard that call, and 
within three weeks we moved from 
our comfortable little home town 
and church to Ashland Theological 
Seminary. Oiu" lives were turned up- 
side down, but I hardly noticed in 
the excitement at what the Lord was 
doing and going to do in our lives. 

It was when the excitement gave 
way to evei-yday living that my heart 
cried out. My Lord Jesus was never 
closer, though, than He was in those 
days of change. He truly is tlie Rock 
that never changes! 

It was during one of those really 
low times that I cried out to the 



Lord: "7 want to go home! I feel like 
I am dying spiritually. My husband is 
getting lots of spiritual nourishment, 
but I have gone from spending three 
nights a week at the church to not 
even finding a church home! I can't 
think of anything else. I can't even 
focus on You, Lord, long enough to 
have a meaningful prayer time." 

I was absolutely consumed with 
wanting my old friends back, my old 
chinch home back, and my old life 
back. As I prayed, I asked the Lord, 
"Please give me a picture of Yourself 
to focus on dining my prayer time." 

This is what He showed me: I saw 
a beautiful, tall oak tree with a leaf 

Mrs. Andrews and 
her husband, Roy, are 
from Oakville, Ind., 
where they are mem- 
bers of the Oakville 
First Brethren Church. 
After moving to Ash- 
land in the fall of 
1991, they and their 
two daughters, Trina 
(7) and Emily (5), be- 
gan attending the Gar- 
ber Brethren Church. 

With two young girls 
at home, Mesu worked 
as a homemaker for 
several years, but six 
months before the 
family moved to Ash- 
land, she began work- 
ing for an optometrist. 
This has opened the 
door to employment 
for a local ophthal- 
mologist since coming 
to Ashland. 

Before entering sem- 
inary, Roy taught and coached for four 
turing. He will graduate from seminary 
in Church Administration. 



falling to the ground. I wondered if 
I was in big trouble and if I was that 
leaf falling off the tree! But He 
lovingly reassured me by bringing to 
mind John 15:5 — "I am the vine; 
you are the branches." 

"Okay," I thought. "I like that! But 
what about the leaf?" 

"The leaf," He said, "is your old 
church, your old friends, your old 
life. It was veiy beautiful while its 
season was here, but seasons change. 
That season is gone and will never 
return exactly as it was. But My 
promise to you is that a new bud will 
blossom and grow into another 
beautiful leaf here in Ashland. You 
have now passed through the winter 
and have been bereft and alone. 
Now the bud will emerge. And I 
promise, it will grow into a leaf." 

As always, Jesus is faithful. The 
bud did begin to grow; it blossomed; 
and it's becoming that leaf that God 
promised. He has provided for us 
here in Ashland a church, dear 
friends, and new ways to serve Him. 

He has also given me a wonderful 
lesson to cling to as we prepare to 
leave Ashland in May to answer His 
call to full-time service. The lesson is 
iliis: God is faithful and He alone will 
never change. He, indeed, is "die same 
yesterday and today and forever" 
(Ileb. 13:8). Praise be to Him! [f] 




years, then worked one year in manufac- 
in May 1993 with a Master of Arts degree 



The Brethren Evangeust 




November 1992 
Volume 114, Number 10 



The Brethren Evangeust 

(ISSN 0747-4288) 

Editor 

Richard C. Winfield 

Columnist 

John Maust 

Children's Page 

Jackie Rhoades 

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Features 

The Changing of Leaves by Mesu Andrews 2 

Personal assurance of God's vmchanging faithfulness in the midst of 
new and unsettling circumstances. 

Putting Some Thanks into Thanksgiving by Richard Winfield 4 

Suggestions for a personal or family time of giving thanks for use dur- 
ing the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Tidal Wave Hits Beulah Beach by Doug Cunningham and 6 

Richard Winfield 
A report of the recent Church Planting Planning Retreat. 

Why Today's Prayer Movement is Unprecedented 8 

by David Bryant 

Five ways in which the current movement of united prayer occiirring in 

various parts of the world is without parallel. 

Dealing With Life's Struggles by Ralph Gibson 10 

Three means by which we can keep ourselves in balance when faced 
with the trials and troubles of life. 



Ministry Pages 



Home Missions 



Reaching the Unchurched Through Brethren Home Missions 11 

"You're What?" by Tom and Tiona Conrad 12 

The Importance of Church Planting by Russell C. Gordon 13 

Construction Progressing on Northview Brethren Life 14 
Church Building 



Departments 

Cartoon 

Update 



Children's Page 

3 by Jackie Rhoades 

15 From the Grape Vine 



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The Noveniber-December Woman's Outlook Newsletter is in the center of 
this issue. 



Answers to Little Crusader 
page: 



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forgive 
not 

2. debts 
debtors 

3. anyone 

4. other 
whatever 
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Putting Some Thanks 
in Thanksgiving 



ARE YOU EVER TROUBLED by 
the seeming scaicity of "thanks" 
in the Thanksgiving holiday? I must 
admit that I am. 

I've ahnost conchided that Thanks- 
giving has become even more sec- 
ularized than Christmas. During the 
Christmas season we are frequently 
admonished to "Keep Christ in Christ- 
mas." But during November we don't 
hear many reminders to "Keep the 
thanks in Tlianksgiving." 

Turkey Day 

For many people— Christians in- 
cluded—Thanksgiving Day has been 
replaced by Turkey Day (more tur- 
key than thanks). The focus of the 
day is on getting together with fami- 
ly, eating a big meal, watching (or 
perhaps playing) football, and chat- 
ting with relatives. The only giving 
of thanks is the prayer (perhaps a bit 
longer than usual) before the meal. 

Even the church seems to a large 
extent to have capitulated to the 
secularization of this holiday. Veiy 
few (if any!) chinches with which I 
am acquainted have a service of 
thanks on Tlianksgiving Day. 

I can understand this. Thanks- 
giving is a fainily day. People want to 
be with loved ones. A lot of people 
go out of town to be with parents, 
children, grandchildren, etc. And 
even in families that stay in town, it 
is difficult for those preparing the 
Thanksgiving meal to attend a wor- 
ship service on Thanksgiving day. 

Mr. Winfield is editor of the Evangel- 
ist. He was asked to write this article 
by the Worship Commission prior to its 
dissolution at General Conference. 

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By Richard Winfield 



For these reasons (and perhaps 
others), many churches moved their 
Thanksgiving services to the day 
before— to Thanksgiving eve. That 
seems reasonable. 

But now a lot of churches have 
moved their Thanksgiving obser- 
vance even further back— to the pre- 
vious Sunday evening. And this 
obseiTance often consists of a big 
"Thanksgiving" meal, with perhaps a 
biief sendee to follow. Again the em- 
phasis seems to be more on eating 
than on giving thanks. 

No, it doesn't seem that there is a 
whole lot of thanks in Thanksgiving. 
And I must admit that I find this to 
be tnie in my own life as well. 

We usually go to my wife's home 
for Thanksgiving, or her family visits 
us. And I, too, generally spend the 
day in visiting, eating, watching foot- 
ball, and perhaps playing some 
games. To be sure, 1 try to have a 
thankful attitude throughout the 
day. But I have to admit that I have 
not done a lot of giving tlianks. 

Doing something about it 

This bothers me. So last year I 
decided to do something about it. I 
had a personal time of giving thanks 
to the Lord on Thanksgiving day. I 
was richly blessed by the experience. 

If you, too, are troubled by the -ab- 
sence of "thanks" in Thanksgiving, 
perhaps you would like to tiy some- 
thing similar this year. You could 
either do it alone, or with other 
members of yoiu' family. 

I began my personal Thanksgiving 
sei-vice by reading several passages 
from the Bible that talk about giving 
thanks. Here are some passages I 
foimd meaningful: 

Psalm 100 is excellent! This short 
psalm exhorts us to "give thanks" to 
the Lord and tells us why we should 
do so— "For the Lord is good and his 
love endures forever; his faithfulness 



continues through all generations."* 
Psalm 95:1-7 is another excellent 
passage. It calls us to "sing for joy to 
the Lord," and to "come before him 
with thanksgiving," for he is a "great 
God," creator of all, and "we are the 
people of his pastiue, the flock 
imder his care." 

Giving thanks for deliverance 

A psalm I especially like is Psalm 
107, which begins, "Give thanks to 
the Lord, for he is good; his love 
endures forever." This psalm 
recounts how those facing death or 
oppression "cried out to the LoRD in 
their trouble, and he delivered them 
from their distress." 

A refrain repeated several times in 
this psalm says, "Let them give 
thanks to the Lord for his unfailing 
love and his wonderful deeds for 
men [mankind]." It only requires a 
little imagination to put oneself into 
one or more of these experiences. 
The psalm is full of ways in which 
the Lord blesses His people and of 
reasons for giving thanks to Him. 

Another psalm that exliorts us to 
"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is 
good" is Psalm 136. This psalm 
recalls God's acts of creation and 
His saving acts in delivering His 
people from Egypt and giving them 
the Promised Land. All the while it 
reminds them (and us), in a refrain 
included in eveiy verse, that "His 
love endmes forever." Again it is not 
difficult to substitute remembrances 
of God's saving work in om' own 
lives through Jesus Christ. 

A New Testament passage that 
does not speak directly of giving 
thanks but that reminds us of much 
for which we ought to be thankful 
are Jesus' words in Matthau 6:25-33. 
This passage assm^es us of oiu' loving 
heavenly Father's concern for us, and 

•Quotations from the Bible are from 
the New International Version. 

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it ought to cause our hearts to over- 
flow in thankfiihiess to Him. 

Another New Testament passage 
appropriate for the occasion is Phi- 
lippians 4:4-8. In this passage Paul 
calls us to "Rejoice in the Lord al- 
ways," which is very much like giving 
thanks; urges us to pray all of oiu' 
prayers "with thanksgiving"; and ex- 
horts us to think about those things 
that are excellent or praiseworthy. 
Who is more praiseworthy than our 
Lord, who desei-ves all our thanks- 
giving? 

Hymns of thanksgiving 

Having read several passages of 
scripture, I then turned to the hym- 
nal and looked at several Thanksgiv- 
ing hymns. (If you don't have a hym- 
nal in your home, I doubt if anyone 
would mind if you borrowed one for 
a few days from yom' church. Just be 
sure to return it!) 

Since I enjoy singing, I sang some 
of the verses of the hymns (but soft- 
ly, so as not to disturb others in the 
house!). Other verses I just read to 
myself. If you prefer not singing 
aloud or find it difficult to do so 
without accompaniment, leading the 
words is fine. In fact, I find that I get 
more out of the text when I just read 
the words than when I try to fit 
them to the music. 

One of the hymns which I chose 
and which I particularly like is one I 
have not heard often. It begins: 

We plow the fields, and scatter 

The good seed on the land. 

It then goes on to tell how God 
provides the moisture, nourishment, 
warmth, and sunshine to produce 
the crop. I particularly like the 
refrain: 

All good gifts around us 

Are sent from heaven above; 

Then thank the Lord, 

thank the Lord 
For all His love. 

1 also like the words of the third 
(last in my hymnal) verse: 

We thank Thee, then, O Father, 
For all things bright and good. 
The seed-time and the harvest. 
Our life, our health, our food; 
Accept the gifts we offer. 
For all Thy love imparts. 
And what Thou most desirest. 
Our humble, thankful hearts. 

A second hymn that blessed me is 
also one not so well known (at least 
to me). It begins: 

November 1992 



With thankful hearts, O Lord, we 

come. 
To praise Thy name in grateful song 

I particularly like the second verse: 

We thank Thee, Lord, for daily food. 
For plenteous store of earthly good; 
For life, and health, we still possess. 
With house and home so richly blest. 

The third hymn I recommend is 
one of the better known Thanks- 
giving hymns, "Now Thank We All 
Our God." The hymn begins with 
words of thanks to God, "Who, from 
our mother's amis, / Hath blessed us 
on om- way / With countless gifts of 
love . ..." It continues in verse two 
with a plea that God be near us in 
all of life to give us joy, peace, grace, 
guidance, and "free us from all ills / 
In this world and tlie next." It then 
concludes in verse three with these 
words: 

All praise and thanks to God 
The Father now be given. 
The Son, and Him who reigns 
With them in highest heaven. 
The one eternal God, 
Whom earth and heaven adore; 
For thus it was, is now. 
And shall be evermore. 

A time to give thanks 

Having thus prepared my mind 
and heart by reading words of Scrip 
ture and verses of song, it was now 
time to put into words my own ex- 
pression of thanks to the Lord. As I 
began to do so, words from the 
refrain of another Christian song 
were foremost in my mind: 

Count your blessings. 
Name them one by one; 
Count your blessings, 
See what God hath done; 
Count your blessings. 
Name them one by one; 
Count your many blessings. 
See what God hath done. 

At first I found it slow going nam- 
ing things for which to be thankful. 
But soon, as I went from generalities 
to specifics, blessings began popping 
into my mind faster than I could 
bring them before the Lord. 

For example, as I thanked God for 
food, I began to think about all the 
delicious, nutritious food we have 
available — the wide variety of fruits, 
vegetables, meats, dairy products we 
enjoy, not to mention all the deli- 
cious deserts to follow them up! I 
thought of supermarket shelves 
laden with jars and boxes and bottles 



and cans. I thought of the turkey 
and dressing that at that moment 
were in the oven and soon would be 
on the table before us. 

Similarly, as I thanked God for 
health, for my own and that of my 
family, I thought of the medical sci- 
ence that helps make this possible. I 
praised the Lord for something as 
common as aspirin (aren't you glad 
you didn't live in the days before 
painkillers?), as well as for all the 
sophisticated medicines and high 
tech medical care available today. 

The list continues to grow 

As I thought about family, I found 
many things about my wife and 
daughter for which to be thankful. 
Then I went on to thank the Lord 
for my parents and family, my wife's 
parents and family, and for our 
wider circle of relatives and friends. 
In many cases, I not only thanked 
the Lord for these people, but 
thought of specific things about 
them for which to bless the Lord. 

One thing kept leading to another. 
As I thanked God for all the spiritual 
blessings that are mine (Jesus Christ, 
the Holy Spirit, salvation, my 
church, our pastors, and much 
more), I was reminded when I 
thanked God for the Bible that it 
would be of no use to me if I 
couldn't read. This made me think 
of education, of schools, of books 
and libraries, of teachers who had 
meant so much in my life. 

As one idea led to another and my 
mental list of things for which to be 
thankful continued to multiply, my 
heait began to fill with emotion as I 
became more and more aware of the 
countless blessings God had show- 
ered upon me. So much for which to 
be thankful! 

Finally, I fell silent— not because I 
had exhausted the list of things for 
which to tJiank the Lord, but because 
I was exhausted emotionally. It was a 
satisfying feeling, like the satisfaction 
one feels after a physically exliaust- 
ing day of productive labor. 

I concluded my time of devotion 
and thanksgiving, then went and 
spent the rest of the day being with 
family, eating, watching some foot- 
ball, and playing some games. I 
thoroughly enjoyed the day. But the 
high point of it all was the time I had 
spent putting some thanks in my 
Thanksgiving. [f] 




WHO would have thought on that 
peaceful, sunny afternoon in 
late October, looking out over the 
waters of Lake Erie, that a tidal wave 
would hit that beach before the next 
two and one-half days were over? 
But that, metaphorically, is what 
happened at the Church Planting 
Planning Retreat held October 26- 
28 at Beulah Beach, Ohio. And the 
future of The Brethren Church may 
well have been altered for all eter- 
nity as a result. 

Sponsored by the Missionary 
Board of the Brethren Church, the 
retreat brought together nearly 100 
pastors and lay people from across 
the denomination. They came to 
consider the need to aggressively 
plant new Brethren churches across 
the United States and to develop 
strategies for doing so. 

Plant or become extinct 

As the retreat began, the need to 
plant churches soon became ob- 
vious. Shifting population patterns, 
the graying of America, and the ab- 
sence of the "Boomer" generation in 
our churches mean that The Breth- 
ren Church must plant new church- 
es or face the very real possibility of 

Mr. Cunningham is a student at Ash- 
land Theological Seminary from the Mill- 
edgeville. III., Brethren Church. He 
entered seminary this year following a 
number of years in farming and ma- 
chine work. 

Mr. Winfield is editor of the Evangelist. 

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Tidal Wave Hits 
Beulah Beach 

By Doug Cunningham and Richard Winfield 



extinction as a denomination in the 
not too distant future. Just this year 
two Brethren congregations (Den- 
ver, Ind., and Milmine, 111.) have 
closed and another (Kokomo, Ind.) 
will do so on December 31. Several 
other congregations are on the brink 
of closing. 

Plant to evangelize 

But even more important than 
these considerations is the fact that 
according to C. Peter Wagner, church 
planting is the single most effective 
method of evangelism. If The Breth- 
ren Church is to be effective in reach- 
ing unsaved people and bringing 
them to know Jesus Christ, it must 
plant chinches. 

This, indeed, was a primary focus 
of the retreat. Retreat coordinator 
Dr. Mary Ellen Drushal said repeated- 
ly that her vision for the gathering 
was to help restore to The Brethren 
Chinch a passion for lost souls. 

Much of the energy to propel the 
tidal wave was generated in the in- 
terest group sessions. Retreat par- 
ticipants were asked to choose to be- 
come part of one of four interest 
groups dealing with the following: 

(1) Who will go? (Identifying and 
Much 



training church planters; led by Dale 
StofTer) 

(2) Where will they go and how 
will they get started? (Site selection 
and models for church planting; led 
by Ronald W. Waters) 

(3) How will they be supported 
financially? (Financing church plant- 
ing opportunities; led by Arden Gil- 
mer and Stan Gentle) 

(4) Who will help tJiem? (Coopei-z- 
tive roles of local churches and dis- 
trict and national boards in church 
planting; led by Russell Gordon) 

At the direction of "Taskmaster" 
Drushal, each of these interest 
groups was to: (a) develop a piupose 
statement for that particular facet of 
church planting; (b) define goals by 
which to accomplish this purpose; 
(c) develop specific strategies to 
achieve these goals; and (d) define 
evaluation criteria to use in deter- 
mining if goals have been achieved. 

Each interest group divided into 
foin- subgroups of six people in 
which to labor at these tasks. Much 
deep thought, intense discussion, 
and hard work took place in these 
subgroups. Periodically the sub- 
groups would reconvene into the in- 
terest group as a whole in order to 




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Prayer was a vital part of the retreat. 

(Clockwise from front left, Elbert Sorrell, Tom Conrad, Doug Cunningham, Arch Nevlns, and Ken Sullivan.) 



share, evaluate, combine, and refine 
the ideas generated. And at various 
times throughout the retreat the in- 
terest group leaders shared the jjur- 
pose and goals of their groups at 
plenary sessions. 

The place of prayer 

Prayer was an important part of 
the retreat. The gathering opened 
with devotions and prayer led by 
Russell Gordon, and prayer con- 
tinued in large groups, small groups, 
and by individuals throughout the 
retreat. The interest subgroups 
spent time in prayer in evei7 session 



as they sought to come to one mind 
about the Lord's direction for the 
work they were considering. 

The Lord responded with the 
wind of His Spirit, which blew upon 
the waters, driving them toward the 
beach. 

The mighty wave struck during the 
worship/prayer/commitment serv- 
ice led by Arden Gilmer on Tuesday 
evening of the retreat. Tlie service 
began with a moving time of wor- 
ship, in which the group as a whole 
worked its way through the alphabet 
naming attributes of the Triune 
God. Then Home Mission pastors, 



Church Planting Goals 

The following goals were defined by 
the four interest groups at the retreat. 
These will be referred to the New Church 
Development Commission to be refined 
and prioritized. 

Identifying and Training 
Church Planters. 

1. Identify the gifts and qualifications 
necessary for church planters. 

2. Assist local churches in identifying 
and training church planters. 

3. Implement treiining processes for both 
new and existing church planters. 

Site Selection and Models 
for Church Planting 

1. Develop a geographical strategy and 
identify site possibilities. 

2. Select models and methods based on 
target group needs and leadership 
vision. 

3. Identify potential mother churches 
and begin encouraging the "hiving- 
off" process. 

4. Challenge every Brethren church to 
rethink its purpose in light of evangel- 
ism and outreach through church 
planting. 



Financing Church 
Planting Opportunities 

1. Identify and integrate financial re- 
sources for church planting through 
better communication and coordina- 
tion of the local, district, and national 
levels. 

2. Elevate the commitment of individuals 
to the funding of church planting as a 
necessary and viable investment in 
the work of Christ 

3. Provide sufficient financing to initiate 
and sustain viable and growing 
churches that are self-supporting 
within an allotted time period. 

Cooperative Roles of Local 

Churches and District and 

National Boards in Church Planting 

1. Define the role and relationship 
among local churches, district and 
national boards in regard to church 
planting, 

2. Heighten awareness of how Brethren 
can participate in church planting by 
using their spiritual gifts. 

3. Create guidelines for church planting 
for use by local churches, district and 
national boards. 



in recognition of their place on the 
front line in the battle to extend the 
church, were asked to come forward 
for piayer as their names were read. 
As each came forward, another per- 
son was asked to volunteer to be- 
come an intercessor for that pastor. 
The work of these intercessors be- 
gan immediately, as each offered a 
public prayer for one of the pastors. 
Then an appeal was made for any 
who believed that God was calling 
them as church planters to come for- 
ward for a time of commitment. 
Eight people responded. As each of 
these came forward, someone volun- 
teered to become an intercessor for 
that person and offered a prayer on 



Comments About the Retreat 

We've been doing new things 

Vision has been restored. 

It's been a turning point . . . 

. . . from we can't to we can. 

. . . from looking back to looking ahead. 

We have discovered that our problems 

are myths. 
Revival is